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This is what non-Stoicism looks like

- by Seneca the Younger

Why have some cultures rejected Stoicism?

There are three main reasons: 1) they are weak when it comes to the Good, 2) they are strong when it comes to the bad, or 3) they are deceived into thinking Stoic Virtue is the bad.

1) Stoicism declares that strength is a good thing. Individually, familially, and nationally, it is more excellent to be strong than it is to be weak. Many cultures are lazy. This is similar to why most people are not athletic; they do not want the discipline and exercise routine required to stay in shape. This violates the Stoic Virtues of Temperance and Fortitude – eating too much and too little physical exertion. Cultures of entire continents have decided to take the path of least resistance. That is the opposite of Stoicism.

2) Some cultures, especially tyrannical ones, are strong for bad. They enjoy what is wrong. They enjoy what is unnatural. They feel they are powerful if they resist the irresistible powers of Nature. Corrupt cultures love injustice. They hate Justice. This is the opposite of Stoicism.

3) Other cultures are deceived into thinking Stoic Virtue is bad. These people have not developed their minds into an adult stature. They are convinced that law and order are tyrannical. They are unable to obey legal authority. Instead, they glory in resisting it, making themselves outlaws. They fantasize about a magical society where nobody needs to curb their desires and appetites except those who have praiseworthy desires and appetites. They believe their lusts can overrule biology and gender. They fool themselves into accepting that society will be better off being ruled by tantrums rather than rational deliberation. They confuse what is good with what is bad and what is bad with what is good. They glorify what is shameful and shame what is glorious. This is foolish. It is an attack on Wisdom. That is the opposite of Stoicism.

This is what non-Stoicism looks like.

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