September has been a very challenging month. At the end of August, I had blinding pain in my skull on one side and behind one ear. A rash started developing on my forehead, and it ended up being shingles. Yoyo has taken to sleeping in front of my shrine. She curled up by my knees … Continue reading September 2022: Hitting a Hard Reset
Beyond the Stoa: Minimalism and Platonism
Stoicism is often taken up alongside minimalism as if they are two columns holding up the same minimalist Scandinavian-design portico. My best guess for why they come together is that both were rising in media coverage at about the same time, and at the most material level, each is a decent coping mechanism for dealing … Continue reading Beyond the Stoa: Minimalism and Platonism
Social Media and Epictetus’ Framework of Our Locus of Control
In the Enchiridion, Epictetus says that we control opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and our own actions. How true is this in an era when social media exploits the vulnerable cracks in our human psyches? What of ourselves do we actually control?