Philosophy You Can Use: The Ancient, Practical Wisdom in Stoic Thinking
I stumbled upon this article in the Huffington Post, discussing the classical thinking that can still be applied to our modern way of life.
The author Ryan Holiday explains that philosophy is something that we use subconsciously every day to make decisions and solve our problems. Classical philosophy can be considered a record of past problems that were debated and solved to be used in the future.
The classical thinking Holiday references is Stoicism. In his words, Stoicism is a 3rd century BC philosophy that asserts that virtue (such as wisdom) is happiness and judgment be based on behavior, rather than words. One is meant to take obstacles in life and turn them as an advantage, control what you can and accept what you can't.
He sites famous Stoics as "men of action" such as Marcus Aurelius or Epictetus and claims that the use of Stoicism can transform many of us into driven men and women.
He continues with examples of founding fathers, authors, and kings who lived with a Stoic mindset.
As Thoreau put it: "To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school... it is to solve some of the problems of life not only theoretically, but practically."
A very interesting piece for those who find classical philosophy to be a bit dusty.