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As modern science continues to corroborate ancient Stoic teachings, we invite you to join us in bringing a new Golden Age for civilization where individuals, cities, and Earth's ecosystems thrive. 

We can do this!

The Stoic School focuses on applied philosophy. We research and develop the goals of:

Goal  1: Raising awareness of what it means to, "Know thyself" and what is necessary for human thriving

Goal  2: Providing our members quality education in ethics, in science, in vocational apprenticeships, and in the humanities

Goal  3: Preserving the ancient Stoic insights into human relationships and physics

Goal  4: Making the keys to human happiness well-known

Goal  5: Providing our members a corporate culture that makes them look forward to coming to work

Goal  6: Providing our members, throughout their careers, access to unparalleled benefits and best opportunities regarding the effects of broken families, loss of parents, single parenthood, foster children, and more.

Goal  7: Cultivating Temperance in our consumer consumption, our use and treatment of natural resources, and the workloads we expect from our employees or volunteers

Goal  8: Demonstrating remarkable hospitality to our neighbors and to our community

Goal  9: Leading the protection of marine and animal species and their habitats with stalwart tenderness that promotes and sustains their flourishing

Goal 10: Discovering the full health benefits of natural flora, fauna, and minerals

Goal 11: Researching, developing, and deploying standard-setting solutions to clean water and sanitation

Goal 12: Innovating and deploying the next paradigm leap in crystal-clean energy

Goal 13: Producing city planning that is worthy of modern technologies and human relationships

Goal 14: Modernizing civic infrastructure

Goal 15: Institutionalizing equality under law in equal rights, flourishing ecological impact, and climate adaptation

Goal 16: Building strong partnerships to achieve our goals

The Stoic School is the oldest continuous institutions in the world, and we have advocated from our beginning these goals in our practices of Cosmopolitanism, Civic Virtues, and happiness (eudaimonia). We continue to combine ancient enlightenment with modern science to maximize individual flourishing, communal thriving, and harmony with Nature.

May 22, 2020

All Stoic communities are operating normally.

May 1, 2020

From the case study of the Spanish Influenza (especially the section on Henry Ford in Detroit), we remind GOVERNORS of Stoic communities 1) to focus on quality as quarantines strain quantity of goods and services, 2) to increase personal communication to build better client relationships, and 3) to manage your team leaders more closely than you otherwise would, since their teams' synergies have less magnitude while they have limited face-to-face communication among themselves, and your role is to keep smaller vectors progressing in the same direction so as to reach the project's goals without compromising time.

Beltaine reports will be the preface to the June 20 report.

April 18, 2020

Stoicism is the essence and substance of civilization. During crises, the West has always rejuvenated itself by returning to Stoicism. In contrast, perpetual third-world nations are those that continue to reject the School's civic Virtues.

Aratus laid the foundation for this concept in his Phaenomena (Appearances).

April 11, 2020

"Good health to you," or, "Be well," has been the primary valediction for the Stoic School for tens of centuries. This is because, as Epictetus wrote in the beginning of Enchiridion, "Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions." Epictetus thought it appropriate to mention our bodies first.

When conversing or corresponding, it is noble-minded to let our parting gesture be a revealing of our desire to maintain with the other party our common cosmopolitan humanity by expressing an appeal to Fate on their behalf that a thing out of their control, i.e. their body, may work for their health and good cheer, thus 1) assuring them that if that thing was in our control, we would quickly bestow it upon them and sustain it and 2) assuring them that our motive in other business we may have with them will be similarly magnanimous.

The School considers it self-evident that the most important thing that is out of humanity's control and that can fill human hearts to the full with good cheer is, as Epictetus so wrote, our body - their health. This is because, in practice, the primary motivating force of humanity's cheerfulness regarding "property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions" is our cheerfulness regarding our bodily health. Therefore, our valediction is a demonstration of the highest bona fides and is the essence of kindly feelings of cosmopolitan storge, for, while "we all are his progeny," still, we must share mortality with our fellow man. This is the sustaining reason of our first choice of valediction.

The current circumstances in the West, however, are naturally transforming our valediction into a salutation. To Stoic ears, the current putting of such end words at the beginning of a communication is the sound of Fate putting to the fore a new social brotherhood, which is a good thing.

April 3, 2020

(With a nod to the Loeb Classical Library of Harvard University Press)

sit bona librorum et provisae frugis in annum copia, neu fluitem dubiae spe pendulus horae.

May I have a goodly supply of books and of food to last the year; nor may I waver to and fro with the hopes of each uncertain hour.

Horace, Epistles 1.18.109–10

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"The desire for and the affinity to virtue are not limited to men but also occur in women; for they, no less than men, are naturally pleased  by honorable and just actions and censure their opposites."

Musonius Rufus

“I made a prosperous voyage when I suffered shipwreck.”

Zeno of Citium

"Many love living a life of Wisdom less than making money off those who have."

CIX

Remember the irony of Fate.

Academia proudly keeps alive its namesake - the Academy, founded by Plato. "Academy" traces its name back to a Greek hero - Academus, savior of Athens, which eventually killed Socrates. Perhaps predictably, many modern Academics continue to prop up Academia as an institution that kills the future lives of those who would live like Socrates.