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Recently I've been reading a lot about Stoicism. It has been a very practical philosophy that I've been using in my day to day life. Books: Marcus Aurelius - Meditations Epictetus - Enchiridion Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFWz1e3VXKOoJ-E5cep1Eg Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thought.Monkey.Community/ Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/thought.monkey/ Script: The word stoic often connotes emotionless-ness, a cold and hardened heart, or strength. But this connotation would seem inaccurate to the original stoics. Stoics are people who practice stoicism which is a philosophy that is thought to have been developed in the times of ancient Greece. Stoics basically believe that everything is rooted in the natural order of the universe and that to live a good life one must understand the rules of the natural order and align their beliefs, thoughts, and actions with it. In Stoicism, it is recognized that all humans have a tendency to have destructive emotions. They believe that it is in the way that we think and how self-disciplined we are with our thinking that we can overcome destructive emotions and develop a character and mind that is unbiased and calm – or what Buddhist might consider as enlightened. The Stoics understand that the world is chaotic and that the people that inhabit the world can be extremely destructive. Despite whatever negative circumstances surround us however, it is our thoughts that dictate our state. A well-known stoic Marcus Aurelius, who is considered to be one of the last great emperors of Rome, describes that, “The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” Our destiny, in other words, is not fixed. It is up to how we think about our circumstances that will determine it. Another Stoic, Epictetus who was born into slavery and eventually banished from his home in Rome said, "sick and yet happy, in peril and yet happy, dying and yet happy, in exile and happy, in disgrace and happy.” Whatever outside events happen, we can remain stable handed and at peace if we learn to self-discipline our thoughts and reactions to outside events. As in some key eastern philosophies, the Stoics stressed that clear judgment and spiritual freedom come from an absence of suffering. Epictetus states that, “The essence of the philosophy is that we should live so that our happiness depends on as little as possible on external causes.” To end suffering in Stoicism, one must have a balanced emotional response in the face of life’s highs and lows. Part of this means expecting that life is going to throw curve balls at you. That people will betray you. That you will face challenges that test your will. With the understanding that nature is an ever changing, chaotic, and wild phenomenon one can take their first steps in finding a level headedness during those wild rides the natural order of things puts us on. The Stoics would say that it’s ok, in fact it’s natural that unexpected events happens. It is neither good nor evil, just natural and it allows us a chance to practice self-discipline in our thoughts and reactions. Stoicism is not just a belief system, but it is a way of life, a daily ritual. It involves constant growth in theory, practice, and reflection. It also involves a practice of mindfulness similar to eastern philosophies. The Stoics stress training in our ability to keep our attention on the present moment. However, there are no strict doctrines that the Stoics follow, but instead, underlying principles that can be adapted to meet each individual’s needs. One practice that Marcus Aurelius defines in one of his journal entries is, “Say to yourself in the early morning: I shall meet today ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, uncharitable men. All of the ignorance of real good and ill... I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no man will involve me in wrong, nor can I be angry with my kinsman or hate him; for we have come into the world to work together...” Aurelius prepares himself for his day by expecting the unexpected to happen, by expecting that he will encounter evil men, by expecting that challenges will occur, and by promising that none of those events can cause him harm. Stoicism is a very powerful and pragmatic philosophy that can be used to guide ones spirit in tough times.
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Merlin Geikie (2 часа назад)
The background music is unnecessary.
Kimo Basha World (17 дней назад)
Wow so basically set super low expectations have no desires and just like a mundane sheep that expects nothing then repeat this video to justify your bumness and call it a life. U will never achieve anythin worthy with this mentality in order to achieve something difficult u must constantly desire it nd work hard towards it nd let the fruit of that achievments motivate u to keep goin
7Earthsky (24 дня назад)
Stoicism may actually help with my unemployment.
Mike Yerke (1 месяц назад)
People worried about the music used... they have no control over it. That tells me they don’t know stoicism.
Joseph (2 месяца назад)
Weren’t the Greeks from the east?
J D (2 месяца назад)
I saw one typo!!!
415City (2 месяца назад)
Buddhism is the way -God
Justifyed Mattitude (2 месяца назад)
Satisfaction is the death of desire.
'Eternal Optimism... (2 месяца назад)
(Causality Laws) Every effect has a cause. Therefore all lies are the effect of its cause known as selfishness, and it's visibly identifiable as greed; ultimately for the desire in more out of control. Selflessly, Ps. After all, what form of negativity does not grow from the seed of selfishness as Greed? If the absolute truth causes Happiness to always exist; can we know/choose to continually live for peace at any level (micro to macro) without a valid understanding of the Causality Laws within Love? (Human Nature Love Pattern) https://www.amazon.com/Causality-Love-Cause.../dp/B01M675DD2
kauffee (2 месяца назад)
epicureanism is the best philosophy
Thomas van Esveld (2 месяца назад)
Very nicely done , thank you. But it seems to me that stoicism is like a beginners guide to buddhism
Success Mindset (2 месяца назад)
Crazy how far you've come in your videos. Good animations and speaking voice too. If anyone's looking for a an updated Whiteboard animation style video on Stoicism feel free to check out my video for 4 Practical exercises! You wont be disappointed! Thanks :)!
Uranus (3 месяца назад)
It's baisicly ignorance and/or arogance towards suffering. You won't deal with the pain, you won't understand what it is. Therefore you won't be able to help others trough the lak of motivation. You could give yourself in to the circumstances which may cause you psychological or physical pain you can not ignore. Any form of pain leads towards change, any change even. Any form of happiness leads towards consistancy and stability. You can not annihilate one of them without annihilating a part of the other one. For example, if everyone is happy, the happiness may fade through the abense of suffering. You would forget why you seeked for happiness in the first place. You can't know truth or perfection when you don't know what is false or unperfect..
ASureThing (3 месяца назад)
How to be be a smartass mtfucker in a self deceiving ideology of mass betrayal and slaughter? Distance yourself from it and pick any ideology\religion for enhanced sublimation. Marcus Aurelius? Fuck man. Why not love Trump\Melania and sell some banana republic bullshit? Any monkey will die for it, I promise.
YoutubeRED (3 месяца назад)
what are the books?
richabh (3 месяца назад)
342 thumbs down - really? Must be those damn Epicurians and Skeptics.
Raja Shahja (3 месяца назад)
he got one wrong, its not you should desire what you have, but cherish what you have as if its a huge deal, so whatever you have that you believe is good, treat it as great.
JUNGO (4 месяца назад)
GET ON WITH IT IN A SIMPLE MANNER....DEFINITION ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!too much "other" mixed in with the terms.....
vaibhav singh (4 месяца назад)
i loved this video , i think there some context missing as we can accept with increasing knowning of knowladge about it in future and your upload cannot be changed with time but then too great content
Avi Kavi (4 месяца назад)
Volume of the background music should be lower. Much lower.
ahp hodg (4 месяца назад)
So what are the names of the books?
Rapbeats Ent. (5 месяцев назад)
A good explanation. thumbsup!!!
Lawney Malbrough (5 месяцев назад)
I don't take to philosophy! The cartoon drawing is annoying! Also it's not educational! So I need to overcome destructive emotions by thinking? Does that mean I should stop thinking of beating the crap out of you and start thinking of turning the video off? Listening to you talk is giving me a desire! Good bye!
DAVID SMITH (5 месяцев назад)
Stoicism also attracts a goal orientated mind, how would it feel to see your life as meaningless? Existential angst is where its at, when you get tired of trying.
Jake's Exploration To Motivation (5 месяцев назад)
Thanks! :D
Uncle Tony (5 месяцев назад)
I'm gonna start practicin' stoicism and if anyone tries to stop me I'm goin' off!
Angela Bender (6 месяцев назад)
In a few words accept that life is ugly so that you shall be not be disappointed when you are proven right How sad even if practical...
Joyce G. (6 месяцев назад)
I found Stoicism to be very helpful! https://thestoicmind.wordpress.com
Jason Mcdaniel (6 месяцев назад)
And totaly repressed emotionally its lonely
Deshon Miller (6 месяцев назад)
basically this comes out of Kemet better known as gnostics ism. Peace
Dustin Bradshaw (7 месяцев назад)
You’ll always be surprised in life, things you don’t expect will always happen. You can try expect the unexpected but you still don’t know what is going to happen.
Gwynplaine The Man Who Laughs (7 месяцев назад)
One of the things of stoicism is that is based in four cardinal virtudes: Wisdom, Temperance, Justice & Courage! It is much of an Egalitarian concept more than anything because it's power lays in the these 4 thoughtful principles! I am a practitioner of it! Very hard to do! Philosophy of Stoicism: https://youtu.be/R9OCA6UFE-0 MGTOW The Joker 🃏 https://youtu.be/RLJFzOnHkbU
Hassan Fowlkes (7 месяцев назад)
Video suck.
xcolorofghost (7 месяцев назад)
Stoicism cannot be followed it has to be discovered within us...
Ray Chee (7 месяцев назад)
Fucking white people at it again.
Shahab Ahmad (8 месяцев назад)
stoics accept everything that happens good or bad and beleive it happens for a reason
Jose Martinez (8 месяцев назад)
👍👍👍👍👍👍
Zst Nn (8 месяцев назад)
You talk too much
RWDS (7 месяцев назад)
Zst Nn learn, child.
TheSpoken Word (8 месяцев назад)
If we inverted the Epictetus quote it would be: successful yet discontent, wealthy yet discontent, healthy yet discontent etc.. Which goes to show everything is a state of mind.
Bogdan Shumenko (8 месяцев назад)
Well, how can you desire things that in your power? How do you live then? I want a private jet, yet it’s not in my power and on my way to achieving my dream I’ll encounter negative emotions. So I better know and learn how to control these emotions instead of not desiring things that seem “out of my power.” It totally contradicts most of the successful people.
Charj x (8 месяцев назад)
Is it possible to be naturally stoic??
Rozay 92 (8 месяцев назад)
weed makes me stoic
Sonia Kiran (8 месяцев назад)
Great video.. Music is loud and irritating
Bastian Rivero (8 месяцев назад)
Epic titties
Bastian Rivero (8 месяцев назад)
Your audio hurts my ears but im a stoic so i dont care xD
pushkar saoji (8 месяцев назад)
So, what is stoicism???
ZuRriX (8 месяцев назад)
2:35 - No. The Stoics believed exactly that. That the world is as it is and that everything is already determined. Because of that, we should accept our fate and learn to live our lives according to our destiny. Stoics also told about improving ourselves everyday and perfecting our minds and bodies through practicing 4 cardinal virtues.
Anmol Dani (8 месяцев назад)
It was really good explanation of Stoicism.. You kept it straight to point as well as show difference and similarities between all other western & Eastern Philosophies like Buddhism, Taoism.. Etc.. I really liked that Two point one about :- Epictetus's quote 👌👌 and second one was last Aurelius daily morning ritual... 👌👌and Also i loved abt that 'Mindfulness' Habit to practice Daily. i watched one video of " School of life " abt Stoicism and they Made it very pessimistic & ill-Natured by taking wrong examples of Seneca & gave very wrong idea about Stoicism by saying Seneca's advice :- if there's no way... Suicide is last .. They made Stoicism look like very wrong . I thank you for this one...
Joseph Fernando (8 месяцев назад)
Great illustrations....but content is very poor. In a six minute video one would have to be very concise and get into the subject in depth very fast..I think your knowledge is very average on the topic..and it would be advisable to get more knowledge especially for a philosophy topic. Also you cannot assume that people know about buddhism or other philosophies.. It complicates the topic even further when you have not explained the principal topic..
Kai Mclaurin (9 месяцев назад)
I love this.
Jack Armstrong (9 месяцев назад)
So, don't desire to buy a house because you're not in 'complete' control and you might get disappointed. Well, if this person understood that it wasn't really in their control (like a true stoic) but went for it anyway and it didn't go through, then that mental preparation (or expectation) would mitigate any negative emotions. So its not so much the desire but the expectation.
Kamal Kalamillah (9 месяцев назад)
Sounds like majority of introvert thinks !
rainbow candy (9 месяцев назад)
educational! subscribed, monkey
PJ (10 месяцев назад)
I needed this...
John F. Hebert (10 месяцев назад)
if youre trying to stop desire, one will notice quickly you are then desiring not to desire.
Rick Harrison (10 месяцев назад)
I've been practicing stoicism for a while now and it has really changed my life for the better.
Charlie Manning (10 месяцев назад)
So it's about having very, very low expectations. There's something in me that doesn't like that idea. "Things bloody well should be up to my standards." <-- that's what my mind says...
Thought Monkey (10 месяцев назад)
I think it's more about having whatever kind of expectations that you want (high, low whatever) as long as you expect the possibility of those expectations to not happen in your favor.
Rewwgh (11 месяцев назад)
And basically, Jordan Peterson is re-inventing modern stoicism with the 'self-authoring program', it's lit!
RUGGED BREED (11 месяцев назад)
nice vid
McZidanne (11 месяцев назад)
It's quite sad when people confuse buddhism and stoicism with apathy.
Steel Peter (11 месяцев назад)
Im a Stoic and didn't know it
Floris - (1 год назад)
so many philosophies say that you shouldn't desire much because you will be unhappy if you don't achieve that thing. but I always think that you should try to achieve the most difficult things, because if you aim for the stars you will achieve a lot more than if you convinced yourself that the thing you are trying to achieve is beyond your reach.
IntermediateJesus (1 год назад)
I got into stoicism as a 13 year old after a spout with bullying and being generally unhappy for a while. I got the basic idea I guess. It mostly served to make me passive and unambitous. When faced with bullying I just ignored it and kept my head above the fray. An old classmate jokingly referred to me as baby jesus afterwards. Its got its up and downsides. Especially when you are young and supposed to make something of yourself. At that age its hard to know what is realistic and what isnt. And it could end up with you never trying anything in the first place.
Marc Grethler (1 год назад)
I can see similarities between stoicism and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a form of 3rd wave cognitive-behavioral therapy. In ACT it is differentiated between 6 processes that lead to human (psychological) suffering. The example with the failed deal had ACTlike ways of dealing with the disappointment. I recommend checking it out if stoicism appeals to you.
HD8 (1 год назад)
Good video but bad choice of music, atleast for the topic....It just does not let you concentrate which is especially important since you are talking about subject like stoicism....Highly distracting.
Certified Wumbologist (1 год назад)
Can't lid you possibly beat around the bush any more? Good god.
Jose Rodriguez (1 год назад)
How come in every self-help YouTube video there drawing everything?
Lionelson Norbert (1 год назад)
What is the line that separates stoicism and pessimism. I've always been an optimistic person but i don't shy away from the thought that things can go wrong any time. I thought that was stoicism. But more recent videos kind of talk about pessimism​ quite a lot and i don't think having no external desires and constantly thinking negatively about your friends and family is healthy. It may have varying degrees of usefulness for an individual, but as a human, we are more meant to be community minded.
Traolach De Faoite (1 год назад)
I find myself agreeing with most of what stoicism has to say. Although, I couldn't bring myself to agree with the fact that stoicism tells us not to desire things that are not in our control. I believe we should always stride to achieve things in and outside of our own power and control and if we fall short learn to control our emotions at that point, rather than not attempting at all and saving ourselves from any potential failure, success or destructive emotions
Giuseppe C. (2 месяца назад)
Traolach De Faoite I feel like I’m in the same boat! But for me, my rationalization of this is that things are only out of our control if we say they are; whether we come to this conclusion from a failed attempt or from presumptive defeat, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we restrain ourselves from longing for that something - quell our desires.
Ricky Morty (1 год назад)
Book on stoicism you would recommend?
miniwaern (1 год назад)
Ugh I can only cringe when I hear someone explain things the way he does, and I cant hear what's being said
Success Caliber Daniel Han (1 год назад)
Jesus is the way!
By Way Of Deception (1 год назад)
I think you misused the word 'doctrine.' Dogma fits better in that context. The U.S. Department of Defense uses doctrine as guidelines written by wise experienced persons that can be departed from based upon the commander's understanding of the situation.
Max S.F. (1 год назад)
3:05 your drawing of a brain looks more like a shriveled up dick, and i dig it.
Thought Monkey (1 год назад)
ahahah. glad you do.
Jam Spam (1 год назад)
Your agenda is suspect.
Colin Gibson (1 год назад)
my name is marcus augustus alerious maximus pompus magnus!
Magd Nusair (1 год назад)
Music is disturbing I can't focus in on the discussed topic
Gary Q Jones (1 год назад)
Great video man
Windmaster2525 (1 год назад)
Could you do a video on social contract theory?
Billy Badass (1 год назад)
**Attn Viewers** Skip to 1:37 if you are watching this video to learn about Stoicism. If you are in the mood for hearing the many ways stoicism has impacted the narrators life, then the first 1:37 is where you want to be.
Paul Regan (1 год назад)
Seems like common sense to be honest, except for the fact that if you desire things out of your control then not only will you never be disappointed but you will never achieve things you thought impossible.
Valen Pro (1 год назад)
Not a word about emotions (and their place) in rational thought. Get out of here, man. You haven't read anything from Greek philosophers about stoicism. You're just regurgitating whatever you heard on Youtube and read on some websites. What a load of crap!
crostieno renuldo (1 год назад)
Isn't it bad to say something that you know that's gonna happen instead of trying to change what's gonna happen if you don't like the results it? There is no thing outside of your control, you can control everything that can happen if you do it right.
da boii (1 год назад)
Jeeze these people debating wether or not buddhism and stoicism are diffrent or not, they once again be missing the whole pooint of them both. Stoic says, everything we witness is wired through the causality. All we can do is making the best out of any given situation. So, everything you see, hear, feel, smell and taste all day is changing your mood a little. Stoicism is the philosophy, the way of thinking, that, even tho your boss is screaming at you, doesn't mean he is angry at you, maybe his son just crashed His Merceds into a wall, and he just turned upside down when you did a mistake. Doesn't mean you lower your exspectations, rather means you don't assume anything at all and enjoy the going despite any circumstances. If they ain't enjoyable, you can make them enjoyable my humor, or a diffrent way of thinking. That's, imo, the best link to buddhism there can be in any western form of culture. So please shut the f*** up and enjoy the video.
abddinie_inc (1 год назад)
Islam way of life is the best yet.
Aseem Sirkeck (1 год назад)
Epic-teat-us...lets a go
Wil Saint (1 год назад)
Stoicism as an attitude can be part of your philosophy. As a philosophy itself, much like Buddhism, it always struck me as leaving a lot to be desired. Both seem to set as your central goal the avoidance of suffering or the seeking of bliss. This is of course "nice" to have but my primary focus in life shouldn't be myself or my own happiness. That seems very empty. The focus should be on improving yourself in order to improve in small part the world around you.
Michael (1 год назад)
If you feel the need for music can you make it much lower than your voice please?
Speaks Fire (1 год назад)
Only Jesus will make you all forget about earthly things which don't matter at the end when your heart pumps one last time and your body dies. Peace.
Jennifer Peterson (1 год назад)
That's why I prefer a classic car over a Lamborghini
Gaurav Deora (1 год назад)
Once there was "YOU"- is it your story? Click to find out https://youtu.be/F8T1I6dQ_A8
Mr 11 (1 год назад)
What's the name of his book ?...I want to check it out
lea rodriguez (1 год назад)
I think alot of people use this..even those that do not know the term...coz people have gone through so much it don't hurt them anymore...
Mohamed G. Dessouky (1 год назад)
Great video. Keep it up brotha
Anita Lazty (1 год назад)
A wonderful summary of this Philosophy that I like very much. I am also reading a book on Stoicism and I find it very helpful, inspiring and good for my life. Many thanks for sharing this video is very kind of you and I appreciate if very much.
Logan (1 год назад)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWcCLgyLeUuypQrLdF1lFnYp2V-WAEcKu
Logan (1 год назад)
Moral letters to Lucilius from Seneca
Steggy (1 год назад)
The thumbnail, where is it from? My friend actually drew that same picture, but I'm pretty certain he was just making s duplicate for fun/practice! I'm not sure though
Yellow Dough (1 год назад)
how does Law Attraction apply here then? What about reaching your potential and fulfill other parts of your life?
delmaray smith (1 год назад)
The high frequency "sibilance" end of your production has too much gain.
Travis Z (1 год назад)
Don't avoid desire out of the fear of experiencing human emotion (good or bad). Learn how to feel them without letting them control you and learn to love them all. Emotional experiences are yours, cherish them all before you die.

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