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On Wars and Rumors of Wars

- by Seneca the Younger

Only what cannot be taken away from you belongs to you. Anger comes from a perception that our rights have been violated or taken away from us. Therefore, if you are angry because someone violated or took away your rights,

1) either you are making a false judgment about a right that belongs to you by Nature,
2) or you are making a false judgment about something being taken from you that belongs to you by Nature and cannot be taken from you.

Successful confrontation comes, not from anger but from the intersection of the Four Virtues of Temperance, Wisdom, Fortitude, and Justice.

The absence of Virtue in the West today is why it is entangled in so many wars abroad and so many riots at home.

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We are the oldest continuous organization in history

The Stoic School has a continuous history of more than 23 centuries. However, we are not an academic organization in the sense of being a university or college as those terms are used today. We have thorny differences with the Academics.

The Stoic School has been the creative force for Western civilization since Zeno of Citium started this School in Athens in 300 BC. As the Stoic School Institute, we show the world the practical benefits of Stoicism, what the Stoic School's spiritual outlook means, and how the Stoic School's sacred geometry connects people with the very forces of divine nature.

If you want to make your modern lifestyle happy and efficient, if you've wished that being healthier was easier, or if you feel something might not be excellent in your life, then you will find the Stoic School enjoyable, interesting, and something that you owe yourself.

From the Scholarch

The essence of conversation is hearing what the other person is actually saying.

From the Scholarch

We all make bad decisions. When that happens, it is honorable to do our best to improve our next decision in similar circumstances. Otherwise, we would make another bad decision by repeating our prior bad decision. 

From the Scholarch

As fire refines gold, suffering refines strong men.

This is why prolonged prosperity often corrupts the men of that society.

Since the West has the greatest prosperity in history, it is no wonder that its masculinity is the lowest in history.

From the Scholarch

Please join us in fighting modern-day slavery.

Here is one way to do that: 


From the Scholarch

Those who choose to imitate rabid animals must be treated as rabid animals.

From the Scholarch

Fear, not kindness, restrains the wicked.

This is one reason the West has gone weak. For example, the cost of committing the worst crimes against society used to be death or long-term punishment in a penitentiary ("place of punishment," id est "place of penance"). Today, the idea of punishment is abhorrent to the masses, as can be seen by labeling our prisons as "correctional facilities." So, instead of punishment, the West offers criminals "correction," which is a kindness.

That is why the wicked set it in their hearts to do bad. 

From the Scholarch

When someone cuts you off in traffic, remember that he is either (1) making a correct judgment about his situation or is (2) making a false judgment about his situation.

1) If he is correct in his judgment (such as being in a medical emergency), then be happy to yield for the benefit of another with a greater need. You have been given the opportunity to help a friend you have not yet met to get needed assistance.

2) If he is incorrect in his judgment (such as being enraged by having a boss that is difficult to please), then be happy you are not so enraged as to endanger yourself or others. You have been given the opportunity to help an unknown friend to get safely to where he is going and to continue growing in Virtue as Nature sees fit for him.

From the Scholarch

One culture sees women and thinks of FGM and burkas. They are eager to fight to acquire many wives. The West sees women and thinks of a beautiful flower that should be glorified. They do not want to leave their true love and only do it to protect her. Why is that? Erika

From the Scholarch

Those who claim that all we see is a dream, are actually claiming it is all real, because they take as a fact that dreams are real.

From the Scholarch

The purpose of marriage and erotic love is to perpetuate society. Romantic love (eros), however, is a poor basis for a marriage. It is with good reason that it is only in fairy tales that couples live "happily ever after," because infatuation is not the purpose of male and female, and it is not what fulfills male or female. Erotic love comes and goes. One minute a man and woman lust for one another,  and the next minute they might lust for another one.

Rather, the best basis for marriage and perpetuating society is storge love, which causes the man and the woman to respect what the other partner likes and to respect what the other partner dislikes.

This is the reason the West has always honored marriages that strengthen and perpetuate society.

From the Scholarch

The problems in the West are caused by men (males), not because of how Nature made them but because of their cowardice to become what Nature made them.

From the Scholarch

When you encounter people who are aggressive about their political differences, first hear their side. Ask questions to understand why they believe as they do. Then, weigh their judgments on the scales of your reason to determine if they are better judgments, worse judgments, or neutral compared to your judgments about politics. Be grateful for them, because they are necessary for you to develop Right Reason just as gravity is necessary to develop strong muscles.

From the Scholarch:

The only problem with receiving criticism is if it is something true about your character.

Then, it is in your power to change the cause of the criticism and end the only problem it can cause you.

From Epictetus

No man who loves money, and loves pleasure, and loves fame, also loves mankind, but only he who loves virtue.

Handbook XIII

“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.”

by Marcus Aurelius, an ancient emperor who practiced Stoicism

We Are Building the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here is what was said about the first seven.

The Seven Wonders of the World

"I have gazed on the walls of impregnable Babylon, along which chariots may race, and on the Zeus by the banks of the Alpahaeus. I have seen the Hanging Gardens and the Colossus of Helios, the great man-made mountains of the lofty pyramids, and the gigantic tomb of Maussollos. But when I saw the sacred house of Artemis that towers to the clouds, the others were placed in the shade, for the sun himself has never looked upon its equal outside Olympus."

by Antipater of Sidon an ancient poet who loved to visit new places

Slave, poor as Irus, halting as I trod,

I, Epictetus, was the friend of God.

by an ancient poet who did not give us his name