Philosophy was intended in the beginning not as a difficult subject just a few scholars could read or argue about, it just wanted to answer the simple question of how does one live a good life? As you can see this is a terribly complex question, because if you ask yourself (you can do it now) you will come up with many answers, and then if you compare your answers to other people, the will differ greatly, maybe someone says that lots of money is what gives you a good life or fame or religion.
Stoic philosophy began in Greece and made its way to the Roman empire where Marcus Aurelious, the most powerful man in the world in its time, practiced stoicism. Marcus wrote “meditations”on how to live a good life and it has now turned into the book Meditations which is in my opinion one of the best books ever written for men.
There are other great characters like Epicurus, the poor slave that wrote some of the most meaningful passages of stoicism as he was a salve. Seneca, the counselor of the emperor who was very rich and powerful but stoic and reserved as well.
Stoicism is control over your life, control over your emotions and control over yourself.
I want to finish with this striking definition of stoicism by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
“A Stoic is someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into transformation, mistakes into initiation, and desire into undertaking.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Feel free to ask any question.