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This is the monthly meeting of the Stoics of Daytona Beach. It's on Second Thursdays, and it's online.
This month, we continue our series "On Anger", the classic writings of Seneca the Younger. We are reading Book 1, starting at "To no creature besides man has been given..." You can find this text easily by going to the link below, clicking Book 1, and then control-F to find this text. Last month, our discussion was very intelligent, so we won't rush through this book. To Seneca, anger is related to the "passions" (excessive emotions), and we can get carried away and cause damage. In this series, we will explore how to avoid excesses and control our anger.
"A mind angered is a mind damaged." - StoicDan
Seneca was a Stoic philosopher, who lived from 4 BC to 65 AD. His writings were about moral philosophy, and scholars regard his work highly. However, he was also a controversial figure, because he served the emperor Nero. Overall, he was concerned with ethics and the natural laws that govern us, and this book is part of a library called the "Dialogues of Seneca".
In general, Stoicism teaches us how to handle difficult people and events, how to avoid anger and worry, and overall to use moderation in all aspects of our lives. We will discuss how Stoic practice can lead to a meaningful and fulfilling life.
I'll prepare an outline of discussion points so you don't have to pre-read the book. If you'd like to read ahead (optional), see the links below.
Free online text of "On Anger"
Amazon has a printed book "On Anger" (the L'Estrange translation)
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Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Stoicism and how it relates to science, culture, philosophy, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). Some of our members are religious and others are not. Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions.
This event is free and open to the public.