You’ve made it. You’ve finished the lesson for this week. Now it’s time to start putting things into practice!
Remember, one of the most common mistakes people make is just to read self-help material without testing it out in practice. The ancient Stoics constantly warn us against becoming lazy armchair philosophers. There’s no better time to start changing things than right now. The Stoic gauntlet has been thrown down before us. It’s up to us whether we choose to pick it up or just stand and look at it. It’s time for you to start engaging with the material, interacting with the rest of the community, and testing what you’ve been reading out in practice – in the laboratory of your own experience.
Your first step should be to visit the Comments section below, as soon as you’re ready, and post your thoughts on the question for this week:
What do you think would be the pros and cons of living a life in which you take excellence of character (Stoic “virtue”) to be the only thing that’s intrinsically good?
As you read this, think it over, and type your responses… do it with greater attention to the present moment and observe your own character, attitude, and actions. What’s “up to you” about this training and what’s not? What would it mean to approach the course itself with a more “philosophical” attitude and to make use of it wisely?
Here’s a second question for you to consider, and discuss, if you want:
How do you think Stoicism might be adapted to suit our modern world-view and way of life?
Go to the Comments section below now and post your response. If there’s anything whatsoever you could use help with, either technical stuff or the course content, please don’t hesitate to contact the course facilitator.