Unearthing The Tone Of Voice And Philosophy Of Epictetus

Tone of voice is a powerful writing tool. It’s the building blocks of how ideas are shared, how information is digested. Ancient philosophers had their own unique tone of voice for connecting with their students and Epictetus stands out.

Stoic philosopher, teacher and slave, Epictetus’ work has influenced countless generations and his tone of voice comes to life in the pages of The Discourses and Enchiridion.

It’s worth noting Epictetus didn’t write down his teachings. Instead, they were recorded by his student Arrian. I’ve set out to deconstruct Epictetus’ voice across language, cadence and tone and unearth his philosophical style.

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Stoic Parenting, Transcendence And Being A Citizen Of The World With Brittany Polat

What does it mean to be a good parent in the philosophical sense? What does it mean to transcend in the way that Viktor Frankl envisioned after surviving the Holocaust? How can you learn to care wisely as the ancient Stoics intended?

These disparate questions have a common thread. Brittany Polat. An author, PhD holder and mental health advocate, Brittany has amazing insight into Stoic philosophy and it was wonderful to chat to her about how to build a path to eudaimonia (flourishing).

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The Dichotomy Of Mental Health And Graphic Design With Caitlin McEvoy

Graphic design, like all forms of creativity, is a subjective experience viewed through multiple perspectives. For Caitlin McEvoy, it’s a source of positive mental health, therapy and an opportunity to flex her creative muscles.

Stoic Athenaeum spoke to Caitlin about her freelance experiences, the nature of creativity and mental health and her personal philosophy.

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Mel Lee-Smith On The Balancing Act Of Writing And Mental Health

Freelancing is an industry of perspectives. The story of every freelancer is unique and each person brings something new to the conversation. Hearing these unique stories and sharing the wisdom and philosophy of freelance creativity is a big part of Stoic Athenaeum and it was wonderful to speak to Mel Lee-Smith about her experiences.

A freelance copywriter, Mel speaks openly about her battles with mental health, her approach to freelance writing and why output doesn’t determine your worth as a person. 

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The Inner Citadel

An endless pursuit

Dogged by uncertainties

The everyday

Hopes and dreams we grasp for

Out of reach, fingertips away

Empty glories built on sand

A vast kingdom to have no kingdom

A kingdom of the soul

A citadel

Glittering with good character

To reflect on the riches you give others

Not a throne of retreat

A waystation to action

Transmuting words into works

Forging a road to the good life

Why Be Happy? Review: A Resonant Book That Delves Into The Concept Of Acceptance In Japan

What do we mean by acceptance? Is it the avoidance of conflict? The understanding that some events are simply beyond our control? Is it the resignation that certain things won’t change? These kinds of questions are asked everyday all over the world and every culture has their own take on what acceptance means.

In Japan, ukeireru is a type of acceptance that the Japanese embrace and Scott Haas is interested in peering behind the curtain to see what exactly it means. In Why Be Happy?The Japanese Way of Acceptance, Haas explores the concept of ukeireru, what it truly means to accept something and how the power of acceptance can help to build a happier and healthier life. 

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How To Be Compassionate: Wonder Woman And Mental Health First Aid

Mental health has never been more important than it is now. While many people have become more comfortable with talking about their experiences, there are countless more who are still hesitant to speak out for fear of being judged. When someone takes the time to address mental health, it can be extremely powerful and help to spread more compassion around the subject.

Compassion is a core tenet of being a superhero. And few superheroes are more empathetic than Wonder Woman. Strong, brave and resolute, Diana Prince has all the qualities of a mental health advocate. That’s why she’d made an excellent mental health first aider.

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The Eternal Optimist: Nightwing And The Philosophy Of Positivity

The life of a superhero is often dangerous and stressful. In addition to protecting innocents, superheroes have to balance a secret identity with their personal life, so it’s little wonder that the pressure can take a toll on mental health. But some comic characters are able to remain optimistic no matter how bad their circumstances become. Nightwing is a perfect example.

You’d think that partnering with Batman for so many years would have left a dark mark. But Richard Grayson has been able to take everything in his stride. From his earliest years, the original Robin has maintained a positive philosophy that’s stayed with him throughout his life.

From a mental health perspective, that’s powerful. So, let’s take a closer look at the life of the original Boy Wonder and see what makes him such a great role model for positive mental health.

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Deepening My Appreciation Of Stoicism With The Stoa App

Falling down the rabbit hole of Stoicism has been an intriguing journey into a philosophical practice that’s contributing towards the development of a positive mental health routine for myself.

In my hunt to discover new resources about Stoicism I came across the Stoa app, which has plenty of insightful content for people who’re new to the philosophy and for those who’ve been practicing it for years.

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5 Lessons From Epicurus Digital Marketers Should Embrace

In the digital marketing world, people are constantly looking for fresh ways to connect with their audience and get ahead of the competition. Whether it’s designing new technology or developing the latest algorithm, marketers are eager to embrace the future. Yet taking inspiration from the past is important too.

A great example of learning from the past is embracing Epicureanism, the philosophy of Epicurus. For him, the purpose of philosophy was to acquire a happy, peaceful life through ataraxia, the freedom from fear and aponia, the absence of pain. Basically, he preached YOLO before YOLO was a thing.

Epicurus’ views are relevant in the modern age and here are five of his teachings that can be applied to digital marketing. 

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