Perks Dissapear

When you’re doing well they’ll send a car for you, or cover your incidentals charges at the hotel. They’ll overnight your packages or give you an assistant. They’ll remember your name and your preferences. You won’t even ask and you’ll find that your tickets are first class, and that someone is always apologizing, “So sorry …

Your courage is what we need.

The timeless symbol of Stoicism is the lone knight fighting a war they cannot hope to win–but fighting bravely and honorably nonetheless. It’s Thrasea challenging Nero, even though the challenge will cost him his life and fail to stop the man. It’s Marcus Aurelius struggling not to be corrupted by absolute power, to be a …

What Building a Country Requires

It’s July 4th, 1776. Think about where America was in that moment: Blood in the streets. A revolution against an empire. Families ripped apart because a war forced them to choose sides. Hopeful successes on the battlefield repeatedly followed by dispiriting defeats. The uncertainty of victory, shrouded in the certainty of death and misery and …

Stop getting offended

Perhaps you’ve seen this little phrase floating around the internet these days: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!” What preposterous nonsense. Enough to make Marcus Aurelius turn over in his grave. First off, if you’re outraged, you’re probably paying too much attention. Second, we should always remember what the Stoics said about getting offended, that if you’re …

Talking Is Not Action

A recent Washington Post piece makes a startlingly sad claim: Gossip is the only monoculture left. People don’t all watch the same television shows anymore, like they did when Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show. They don’t hold the same bedrock beliefs about the world, like they did when liberalism (with a little “l”) was the guiding …