We also want to help participants to feel more deeply engaged with the training by encouraging you to take part in discussions as an online community, using forums on the e-learning site and social networks, if possible. We believe that you’ll be able to benefit by collaborating with and supporting each other online, and learning from other people’s experiences. (You may also wish to choose a Gravatar – global avatar – for yourself, otherwise WordPress will assign a random image.)
You can receive updates and get in touch with other students using social networking as follows:
- Join our Google+ Stoicism community and turn on the notifications (amount: more).
- Follow our @StoicWeek Twitter account, and switch on mobile notifications.
If you choose to do so, you can receive notifications of announcements and group activity via your mobile device, which can help act as a reminder of your commitment to Stoic practice, throughout the day.
Indeed, the ancient Stoic school was itself a community of like-minded students of philosophy, and this social dimension can be a powerful aspect of training. Talking to others can help generate insights, overcome problems, and boost your confidence or motivation if they are flagging. So please do your best to contribute your own thoughts to the discussion forums as regularly as possible, and to comment supportively and constructively on other people’s posts there.
[q_question title=”Examples Questions” text=”Here are some examples of the sort of questions we’d like you to reflect upon and discuss in the forum:”]
- What do you think would be the pros and cons of living a life in which you take virtue or excellence of character to be the only thing that’s intrinsically good?
- What is “virtue” in the ancient sense meaning excellence of character? What do you think makes a person exceptional? What qualities define someone’s character as truly good or bad?
- What are the benefits of recalling what’s under your control and what isn’t in difficult situations? How do you distinguish between things under your control and things not? Are the Stoics right to say that only our own actions, in a nutshell, are truly under our control?
- What would be the consequences of continually remembering, when starting to feel distressed about a situation or event, that it’s not things that upset us but our judgements about things?
At the end of this introduction, you’ll be asked to briefly introduce yourself to the course facilitator and other students via the discussion forum. Start thinking now about any initial questions you may want to ask, though.