knowstuffsolveprobs2 karma2019-10-29 18:44:35 UTC
Thanks for replying. Makes sense. I guess I'm sympathetic to some of this criticism not because of the books or Daily Stoic stuff, which I admire, but the pricey swag and Stoic Life. Epictetus says I have control over my desire. But I find myself occasionally eyeing the signet ring or wondering if I would benefit from Stoic Life, but knowing I can't justify the expense (and earlier in life would not have been able to afford it). Maybe it's class envy. I grew up working class on a small farm. And desire is absolutely under my control. But I think sometimes whether such things facilitate or even detract from the discipline and the pursuit of virtue. It's as if the marketing implies you become a more legitimate Stoic through these purchases. I know Seneca has a lot to say about this--that wealth is an indifferent--and he practiced some poverty in certain parts of his life. But I do understand to some degree where these critiques are coming from. It's complicated.
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knowstuffsolveprobs1 karma2019-10-29 17:56:55 UTC
I'm a new practicing Stoic who came in via CBT. I love your books--I find them them accessible, challenging, and helpful.
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