Do you worry too much? Stoicism can help

How imagining the worst case scenario can help calm anxiety.

Stoicism can help overcome anxiety

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  • Stoicism is the philosophy that nothing about the world is good or bad in itself, and that we have control over both our judgments and our reactions to things.
  • It is hardest to control our reactions to the things that come unexpectedly.
  • By meditating every day on the "worst case scenario," we can take the sting out of the worst that life can throw our way.
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Is it good for you? According to Nietzsche, it's better to ask, "Does it dance?"

Dancing, fot Nietzsche, was another way of saying Yes! to life.

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Friedrich Nietzsche's body of work is notoriously difficult to navigate. He wrote in multiple styles, including essays, aphorisms, poems, and fiction.
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Why Aristotle didn't invent modern science

Modern science progresses with an intensity and even irrationality that Aristotle could not fathom.

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  • Modern science requires scrutinizing the tiniest of details and an almost irrational dedication to empirical observation.
  • Many scientists believe that theories should be "beautiful," but such argumentation is forbidden in modern science.
  • Neglecting beauty would be a step too far for Aristotle.
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Personal Growth
  • Benjamin Franklin wrote essays on a whole range of subjects, but one of his finest was on how to be a nice, likable person.
  • Franklin lists a whole series of common errors people make while in the company of others, like over-talking or storytelling.
  • His simple recipe for being good company is to be genuinely interested in others and to accept them for who they are.
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Lessons from the Roman Empire about the danger of luxury

Are we enslaved by the finer things in life?

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Technology & Innovation
  • The Roman writer, Tacitus, argued that the Roman Empire was built by enslaving conquered people who became accustomed to fine living and luxury.
  • Technology today has become so essential to our daily lives that it seems impossible to break free of it. It's as much a cage as a luxury.
  • Being dependent on a thing gives it power over you. To need something or someone is, for better or worse, to limit yourself.
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Why people become radical extremists and how to help them

New research sheds light on the indoctrination process of radical extremist groups.

Neo-Nazi protestors organized by the National Socialist Movement demonstrate near where the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on April 19, 2009 in Skokie, Illinois.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • A new study features interviews with 24 former extremists on the radicalization process.
  • Financial instability, online propaganda, and reorienting events that caused them to "snap" are leading causes of indoctrination.
  • The research team offers potential solutions, including exposure to diverse ideas during childhood and a tamping down of polarization and media sensationalism.
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