A brief animated introduction to Stoicism by Massimo Pigliucci.
“I have strengths and I have weaknesses, like every President, like every person. I do think one of my strengths is temperament. I am comfortable with complexity, and I think I’m pretty good at keeping my moral compass while recognizing that I am a product of original sin. And every morning and every night I’m taking measure of my actions against the options and possibilities available to me, understanding that there are going to be mistakes that I make and my team makes and that America makes; understanding that there are going to be limits to the good we can do and the bad that we can prevent, and that there’s going to be tragedy out there and, by occupying this office, I am part of that tragedy occasionally, but that if I am doing my very best and basing my decisions on the core values and ideals that I was brought up with and that I think are pretty consistent with those of most Americans, that at the end of the day things will be better rather than worse.”
On and Off the Road with Barack Obama
The President talks with David Remnick about his time in office, and whether, in the end, he will satisfy the standard he set for himself.
Smokey Row meeting room is reserved from 7-9 PM on August 22nd. However, I intend to keep the agenda items to about 1 hour.
1) Introduce ourselves!
2) A brief introduction to Modern Stoicism.
3) Q & A
4) Brief reading and discussion.
5) Future topic ideas.
6) Reading/Topic for next Meetup.
Get to know each other social hour follows.
Des Moines Stoics First Meetup at Smokey Row
This is the Des Moines Stoics first meetup! The room is reserved from 7-9 PM. However, I intend to keep the agenda items to about 1 hour. Agenda Outline: 1) Introduce ourselves! 2) A brief introduction to Modern Stoicism. 3) Q & A 4) Brief reading and discussion. 5) Future topic ideas. 6) Reading/Topic for next Meetup. Get to know each other social hour follows.
Announcing the Des Moines Stoics Meetup, started in the hope there are others in the Des Moines, IA area interested in a Stoic community. At the moment there isn't a planned Meetup event. Once there is at least one other member; fate permitting, one will be arranged.
Des Moines Stoics
How does one live a good life?
This simple question can be surprisingly difficult to answer. Yet not taking an honest try at answering it (or even worse: ignoring the question entirely) can lead to th