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  1. PunkinA
    06-23-2016 09:04 PM
    My first semester was great. I learned so much in such a short period of time, I was recognized with an increase in pay and responsibility. I'm doing summer school now and I'm enjoying it greatly.
  2. PunkinA
    06-22-2016 07:12 PM
    I had never heard of him. I just read his Wikipedia page. I have benefited greatly from CBT over my life though. I'll look further into his work.

    By the way, how is your school going?
  3. oberonblue
    06-21-2016 06:44 AM
    I believe that Salvation is a gift offered to all humans, and we have the option to reject it. I know of no verses that suggest that every human will end up in Heaven. Most end of the world passages specifically describe those that will be destroyed with the Old Earth along with the devil and all fallen angels.
  4. Monte314
    06-09-2016 02:17 PM
    Sorry to hear this. Losing a friend is never easy, but it os harder when there seems to be no purpose.
  5. Monte314
    06-08-2016 05:55 PM
    Monte314 commented on Words For How You're Feeling
    Is everything alright? Do you need something?
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  7. Aeroflot
    06-02-2016 01:58 PM
    The only part that's hard to accept is the providential universe. As much as I want to believe it, I can't. I think there is cause and effect, and thus I think that everything thus happens for a reason, but I can't quite accept that the universe is conscious. There is the argument that if human beings have consciousness, and if human beings are part of the universe, then technically the universe must be conscious. Yet, that doesn't mean the entire universe is conscious.
  8. Aeroflot
    05-31-2016 03:34 PM
    The College looks interesting. I might give it a go in the future.
  9. Aeroflot
    05-29-2016 12:41 PM
    I will check them out.
  10. Aeroflot
    05-29-2016 10:09 AM
    Aeroflot commented on If Someone Could Change Your Mind....
    Well, ancient stoicism is different from what its modern equivalent is. Systems change with time and knowledge. These days there wouldn't be a God called Logos. Unless you really want there to be a God. Stoicism today is akin to CBT.
  11. vertebrate
    05-27-2016 06:25 PM
    Thanks, a nice summary of how you relate to Stocism.

    The idea of deliberately contrasting "what's in my control" and "what's not in my control" is helpful. It was in one of the articles/blog posts I sent to my Kindle. A couple of days ago I made a list of things in each category. I'll do it again because I have an interview coming up shortly. It might be a good idea to get in the habit of making these lists, because it did give me equanimity for a while.

    Apparently the Stoic view is that only thoughts and emotions are within our control. Not sure where actions fall. And I'm not sure my thoughts and emotions are under my control as much as I'd like to think they are. But there's no denying that making the two lists was beneficial.

    Whenever you're done conversing here, just say "Done." I have a hard time figuring out when someone is feeling like the exchange is complete, without body language.
  12. Ljmljm
    05-27-2016 09:49 AM
    Thx for the recommendations.
  13. Ljmljm
    05-27-2016 09:43 AM
    Ryan Holiday originally got me interested in Stoicism, after reading his blog for years. He wrote a book that's receiving a lot of interest currently, The Obstacle is the Way; it's a decent read, if not a little too simplistic WRT stoicism as a philosophy, but a lot of his other writings are pretty interesting. Worth looking up.
  14. Ljmljm
    05-27-2016 09:36 AM
    Hahah I feel like I could have written a lot of it... if I had any talent whatsoever for philosophical writing. ;P
  15. Madden
    05-25-2016 12:15 PM
    Good point. If I started a thread such as 'Which recipe for pizza do you think is best', I bet ya an argument would start within 2 pages max. LOL.
  16. Madden
    05-25-2016 12:11 PM
    I meant watching someone else dragged through an interminable and frustrating discussion!
  17. Madden
    05-25-2016 12:03 PM
    Aha! You are having a schadenfreude moment, then?!
  18. Madden
    05-25-2016 10:51 AM
    I know.
  19. vertebrate
    05-24-2016 01:42 PM
    I asked at Stoicism Today (Exeter) how to know when the next Stoic Week happens. And I bookmarked the Immoderate Stoic site and sent several pages from that site to my Kindle: "Stoic Emotions...All Three of Them," "9 Ways to Stop Being Upset by Others!," and "Reverence for Existence" (plus the Brain Pickings article about moss that the last one referenced). And sent this from the Stoicism Today blog: "Want An Unconquerable Mind? Try Stoic Philosophy". I will have some useful reading. Thank you. You said, "...because I'm not sure I can live up to their standards!" That's something I try to keep an eye on: not setting lofty goals for my behavior and thoughts where I constantly fail or feel like I'm struggling. I learned that it does more harm than good in the long run. So when I see words about Virtue with a capital V, and "Stoic doctrine," I tend to run the other way.
  20. vertebrate
    05-24-2016 12:19 PM
    Never heard of it so I googled. Because of the UK links, at first I thought a person had to be in Great Britain to participate. But reading further, looks like it's something people participate in online? Have you done it, and what is a good link? Sounds interesting because I'm always up for experimenting on myself. (I wouldn't call myself a Stoic because so many ideas from different directions have influenced me. But Stoic writings made so much sense.)

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