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- Fire In Stoicism
Fire In Stoicism
Energy for the day
Welcome to The Stoa Letter, the newsletter on Stoic theory and practice.
Every week we share two emails to help you build resilience and virtue with ancient philosophy. Each email includes one meditation on Stoic theory, one action to do in order to become more Stoic, and links to the best resources we’ve found.
Fire is always an engaging metaphor.
Some philosophers thought it was the fundamental substance. The force that animates all life.
The Stoics used fire as a metaphor in several memorable ways, which are worth reviewing.
For instance, here’s Marcus Aurelius:
Fire turns obstacles into fuel. We have the ability not just to withstand adversity, but emerge from it even stronger.
And here is Epictetus:
Each decision builds on the last. With every reaction and response we shape who we are.
There’s something to be grateful for here: we have the power to change our habits. There’s also a reason for caution and seriousness – no lapse is isolated. Each decision shapes who you are and thereby shapes your future. Just start moving in the right direction. Action by action.
Today, fuel the right fires.
🎆 Heraclitus was, perhaps, the original philosopher of fire:
🎆 Fire brings to mind the idea of antifragility: the capacity to benefit from stressors, not merely withstand them:
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