…Every online resource leads with these

I have looked at a few online resources today relating to Stoicism and nearly all lead with something on the Stoic Virtues or have a post / article quite early on about them.

As someone who is new to the philosophy this has both benefits and downsides. The pluses outweigh the negatives I think, but…

The Pluses

  • Getting the foundations of an understanding into the conscious early on is probably a good idea. 
  • Four is a manageable number to remember and all the pieces about the virtues which I have read todate have been fairly short.
  • Difficult to see where better to start your journey to stoicism.

The Minuses

  • The presentation of the virtues is different in each case.
  • The concepts seem to be interpreted quite differently between the ancient world and the modern.
  • And it appears they may be open to yet further interpretation if you choose to read more widely.
  • Sowing confusion, demonstrating disagreement early in the journey makes it awkward to know what to take for my own interpretation.

The Plan

To revisit the virtues tomorrow and possibly for another day after that to get my head around the nuances as much as possible and to decide how I am going to interpret the virtues going forward. 

I feel the need to establish a baseline / foundation upon which I can build. At the moment it feels a little too much like sand!

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 9.31

And a commitment to justice in your own acts. Which means: thought and action resulting in the common good. What you were born to do.