Stoicism & The Art of Not Caring

Stoicism & The Art of Not Caring


we are born into this world hungry vulnerable and confused as we go through life we attempt to eliminate these feelings by trying to control the conditions of the world around us we seek to accomplish and obtain things achieve higher status acquire wealth or fame develop power and so on we live with the persisting hopefulness that in the future we will have and control enough stuff to free ourselves of our emptiness vulnerability and confusion and find some ultimate happiness and security outside of ourselves this hopeful vision of the future might sound reasonable but perhaps it is what keeps us contained in our problems to help us better understand and deal with our seemingly unquenchable hunger for ultimate control and happiness outside of ourselves we will look to the ancient philosophy of stoicism stoicism is a philosophy that started in ancient Greece and was then further popularized in ancient Rome stoicism is an especially unique philosophy and how potently it has withstood the test of time across thousands of years arguably the teachings and wisdom of stoic philosophy are equally if not more relevant today than ever in recent history stoicism has found huge appeal it was used and encouraged by recent historical leaders like George Washington Thomas Jefferson and Nelson Mandela written about by current popular authors like Tim Ferriss Robert Greene and Ryan holiday just to name a few and has found a rather large community on the Internet stoicism is enduring popularity is not without good reason the principles of stoicism can help us find calmness presence and resilience in a world of increasingly overt chaos anxiety and insatiable desire for more in stoicism we exist in a reality that does not care about our personal opinion of it we cannot ask it nicely to remove the chaos suffering hardship and uncertainty nor can we will ourselves onto it with force in order to do so however stoicism suggests that that does not mean we are subject to be helpless victims of the world rather stoicism proclaims that there are two domains of life our external being the things outside of our mind which we cannot control and the internal our interpretations and reactions to the external which we can control when we persist with the belief that things outside ourselves or things in the future will provide with the form of ultimate happiness we become dependent on things that are not part of us nor part of what we can control and thus remain endlessly unsatisfied and unhappy we can and should pursue the things that we deemed preferable and interesting and not live an inactive life however we must ensure that on our pursuits our focus remains on the internal and that we work to derive our sense of joy from how we think and act within our pursuits no matter what task we undertake we will do it wastefully if we assume that any of what comes beyond the task will provide anything better than the experience of focus and presence in the task itself there’s nothing inherently wrong about working towards and achieving wealth Fame or power but in the Stoics mind these things are merely to be enjoyed if they do work out but not to be depended on for one’s happiness for if one is dependent on them their happiness and peace in life are especially susceptible to being inconsistent taken or never achieved at all stoicism suggests that the sign of a truly successful person is someone who can be okay without the things he or she typically desires or depends on for comfort for no wealth materialistic abundance fame or power has any value to a happy life if the person who possesses them has not yet learned to live properly without them Roman Emperor and stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius was the most powerful person in the world during his time he had access to anything he could have ever wanted yet he writes almost nothing material is needed for a happy life for he who has understood existence with access to the world Marcus Aurelius lived with little interest in the self-indulgence of things outside of himself in order to develop this fortitude a common practice and stoicism is to on occasion temporarily strip oneself of the things they ordinarily depend on for comfort in order to prove to themselves how strong they truly are without the things they think they need in the peace of classic literature entitled letters from a stoic Roman statesman and one of the most renowned stoic philosophers Seneca writes until we have begun to go without them we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are we’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them it isn’t our constant expectation that something outside ourselves or in the future is needed for a worthy experience of life that causes our inability to ever find worthy experi in life in the first place and led us from a stoic Seneca discusses the idea of how to properly handle ones time and derive meaningful experience when referring to time Seneca writes I advise you to keep what is really yours and you cannot begin to early for as our ancestors believed it is too late to spare when you reach the dregs of the Cask of that which remains at the bottom the amount is slight and the quality is vile it is now that we must find time and it is now that we must find happiness if it is either that we are seeking for if we do not focus the lens through which we view life right now everything we see from this moment forward will remain out of focus for the stoic the ability to find happiness in spite of what occurs around us is developed through character and perspective we must realize that nothing is good or bad inherently but only our judgments and interpretations of things can be good or bad the wise man Seneca writes is neither raised up by prosperity nor cast down by adversity for always he is driven to rely predominantly on himself and to derive all joy from himself in other words we must try to form our perspective to best serve our ability to remain with happiness and wonder regardless of the ups and downs of life stoicism suggests that we are but a tiny feature of the entire body of nature and everything that happens to us is a matter of relevance and necessity to everything beyond us in this we must strive towards an acceptance and indifference towards everything that happens to us and instead focus our attention on controlling our reactions to the things that happen we must put our best foot forward acting and living with self honesty humility and good virtue and welcome whatever the world deals us in return good or bad with this we can begin to free ourselves from the chaos of the world and find some form of happiness and presence within ourselves the practice of stoicism is not easy by any stretch and arguably to live a completely stoic life is impossible likely no person can be without moments of desire or negative reaction to the world around them however stoicism gifts us with a target of wisdom to aim for a happiness and calmness to strive for when things are at their apparent worst in a time where chaos and anxiety run rampant across our screens where cultural to live certain ways and achieve certain things overwhelm us 24/7 where we spend a huge amount of time comparing ourselves to and wanting the approval of others our sense of happiness and peace is becoming increasingly susceptible and it is perhaps through stoicism that we can attempt to hold on to it starting from birth we seemingly run if not sprint through life racing out of every moment unsatisfied with what life is and constantly looking to the future for what life could be if we just obtain something more or different our culture is overwhelm us with the reinforcements of this idea convincing us that in order to be happy we have to achieve by own and live perfect unaffected lives this delusion however frenzies us with an anxiety that we are then told by culture we can rid ourselves of if we just achieve a few more things make a little more money be a little more popular and buy a little more stuff creating an endless feedback loop of unsatisfied hunger if we cave into this we surrender our life we give up ourselves we should not like sheep follow the herd of creatures in front of us making our way where others go not where we ought to go Seneca writes in the stoic view the stuff we often find ourselves chasing in life revealed to be rather Petty and meaningless from a sufficient distance we don’t have much if any control on what happens to us how people see and treat us nor what happens because of what we do and in the big picture none of it really matters all that much and so we must define our happiness not by what we own or achieve not by how others see us not by some bigger picture of life but by how we think and see ourselves and live our own life through what we deem virtuous and relevant stoicism tells us we can at last if we wish calmly accept the conditions of our and different reality and one-up it with our own and different attitude in return [Music] you

100 thoughts on “Stoicism & The Art of Not Caring

  • August 9, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    I showed this video to my mom to try and make her understand why I haven’t eaten in over a month

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  • August 9, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    in other words : Do you, and Chill da fuck out

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    one day there’ll be a hollywood film with a stoic horror film character

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:08 pm
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    audio is cancer

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  • August 10, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Wow.. this just popped up on my youtube and I've literally have had this philosophy a few years back without knowing if it existed, I don't know why I'm shocked … but I'm shocked in a positive way!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    Is that a apt title? I think Stoics do care, they just don't live their lives feeding off of caring and extremely emotion. without taking action.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    Self control will make you resilient to being manipulated dominated and controlled by other… Stoicism is a quest for freedom

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  • August 10, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    materialistic people hate this!!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    I think it is doing only the needful.facing every situation with sense of choice. like responding to the every situation conciously!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    Excellent content. Thank you so much! Great channel 👍

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm
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    Stoicism is a bit like the western version of Taoism.

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  • August 10, 2019 at 7:31 pm
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    It all matters but be happy with what you have in order to move to the next step

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  • August 10, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    vanitas

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  • August 11, 2019 at 6:41 am
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    I didn’t know that I am stoic… Until I see this video, I didn’t even knew this word stoicism before

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  • August 11, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    You born confused ?

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  • August 12, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    Stoicism: Let the refugees rape your women and ruin your country.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:39 pm
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    Seek not the good in external things, seek it in yourself- Epictetus, got that daily quote from the stoic app y'all should download!

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    "No matter what task we undertake, we will do it wastefully if we assume that any of what comes beyond the task will provide anything better than the experience of focus and presence in the task itself."

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  • August 12, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    Well i applied this form of philosophy all my fucking life and i didnt even realise. I never gave a shit about anything.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    not to disagreeing with the video, this is a great video, but having a nickel is better than having no nickel. supporting this video, just don't let your pursuits get in the way

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    This is what Buddhism preach too. Difference is that stoicism do not give promise of unrealistic state of "Nirvana".

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    I've just quit smoking weed after this video

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  • August 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm
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    Your teeth whistle more than an angry basketball coach

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  • August 14, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    How about we try stripping ourselves of oxygen.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    Stoicism: Let it be (x4) Singing The wOrds of wIsCdom, let it be…
    A.K.A. Ignorance is a bliss
    The less you care, the lesser you despair

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  • August 14, 2019 at 3:49 pm
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    I wish i could gift you 10 million sub 😖

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  • August 15, 2019 at 2:18 am
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    ***This is the DUDE’s life mode***

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    So many smart people here

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  • August 15, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Thank You sooo much dearest 💐
    You’re such an inspiration 🥰
    Be Blissful Eternally 🙏🏼😇

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    Reality is fixed. Don't fight reality. Don't fight something you can't control. Have a good day!

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  • August 15, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    It is impossible to expect nothing..
    It is also stupid to appreciate everything..

    It should be phrased as
    Expect less and be more appreciative (grateful)

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    thank you i needed this
    🙂

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  • August 16, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Just imagine going without a phone

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  • August 16, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    Stoicism is in my nature.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    Stoicism, greek invention? 😆😆😆😆😆. Give it a different name and own it, right? You people should be charged with copyright violation.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    I would watch this whole video but I don't care

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  • August 16, 2019 at 9:16 pm
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    I made life a lot simpler now. Actually a lot happier. Needs over Wants.

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Pets practice stoicism without even trying. They are the true 'don't give a damn-ers.'

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  • August 17, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    U dont understand myself i dont have care and empathy about everything. Is that Stoicism ?

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    so; live with a different attitude

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  • August 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    Im happy you made a video about stoicism

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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    As wes Watson said "take shit away !"

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  • August 17, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Don’t Buddhists practice Stoicism?? (Idk if he says it in the video I just started)

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  • August 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    I see that stoicism is similar to have faith in God. You believe that the things that came your way were put there for a reason, even if we with our troubled minds find it bad at the moment

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    I expect nothing, I appreciate everything

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  • August 18, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    The reason you aren't better is the same reason you want to be

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  • August 18, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    Good video, worth becoming a subscriber. Stoicism is compelling on many levels, but seems to cut too many corners. For example, if it doesn't regocnize objective good and evil, then it's got a blindspot. Will think about it and produce something of my own. Godspeed.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:20 am
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    To be yourself in the time that constantly tries to change you is the greatest achievement.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    This video sucked, I don't care though.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    I'm just one of those people that most people hate because I don't give a shit. Little did they know I'm just not an unoriginal evolved piece of shit human. Nothing we do matters, no one gives a fuck if you whip your balls or titties out in public. Confidence is a shit lie no such thing as it as kids we spoke to every other person we saw spoke up when needed, now as adults we are not even wanting to speak up for a pube hair. Schools a place for morons. Good and bad are artificial constructs. Being nice is something people do to hedge there bets. No one cars about your innocent mind that hasn't seen a dick or pussy. Gore is awesome. There is no afterlife it's just black no evidence says otherwise. Timing is how life works. If I walk out my room now I will bump into no one if I decide to wait 2 more minutes I'll bump into someone. Fuck you eat shit!

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  • August 19, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    Interesting that so many of the proponents of stoicism were well to do, privileged men. Perhaps knowing you have a back up plan would make you more willing to do without. PS: amazes me how many commenters didn't know about the Stoic philosophy. Education these days really sucks. No wonder people can't think for themselves.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    "The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves."
    ~Allan Watts

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  • August 20, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    Excellent, much appreciated.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Tell that to a man that has 186 billion dollars on his account, right now, at this moment…

    And i cant pay my school year…

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:31 am
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    Comment if you agree on any of this; as a very introverted person, I feel like my whole life I've already been focused on how I internally process things instead of seeking external validation or reward. Most of the time, I've learned to steer away from peer pressure and social validation and still felt happy and content as a child and teen and now a young adult. Just learning something on it's own- like learning to think about things differently, knowledge of a situation, feels like a power in itself, like gaining the upper hand in what to do next, feeling like you've bettered yourself, instead of having an external outcome that others can see. I have a thorough knowledge of who I am and mindful control of what I become, and that pleases me.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    Given the amount of information contained in this video, I think that reading the script a little bit slower would serve the viewer better, allowing more time to absorb the information before quickly moving onto another point and then another. Is there a transcript of the audio that people can download and read?

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    The narrator sounds so much like Luke Korns it’s freaking me out

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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    Nihilism + Stoicism = Meh

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:56 pm
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    Just leav

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  • August 21, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    Don't worry most people don't care about each others that's why our modern world is awesome 🙂

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  • August 22, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    Me rikkiee werrryy muucchhiiee……

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:38 am
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    Wow! I never knew there was a thing for what I believe and do.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:39 am
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    The stoic stares at the clouds, listens to wind, and learns from trees.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    that 1 second steve o camio hit different

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  • August 22, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    Pretty much how not to get disappointed in life

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  • August 23, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    Cool video but Man that mic is brash.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 3:48 am
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    What a masterpiece

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  • August 23, 2019 at 4:13 am
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    I have chronic pain, how could I look at this with a stoic perspective?

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    Just do whatever the fck you wanna do 😂

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  • August 24, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    What is existence anyway.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 10:34 am
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    There's Terror in the world.. a darkness that is so malevolent and unrelentingly persistent. Something ancient that will never go away from our psyche. A demon crawling its way out at every turn of every human that walks this Earth.
    humans are vile greedy narcissistic Apes with the luck of evolution posturing themselves as gods capable of virtue. Your virtues will never change the darkness that dwells within the human heart. There is nothing you can do in this world that will redeem yourself. You are hopelessly and irrefutable destined for nothing
    you are just a misguided mistake of evolution that's it.
    what's within your control or not in your control??
    Nothing is in your damn control
    you will never attain true virtue.
    unless you kill yourself.
    And rid this world of your presence.

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  • August 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm
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    Amazing…..

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:00 am
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    So just a more advanced bhudism

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  • August 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm
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    The art of not giving a fuck!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 5:19 am
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    The comment section in this video is gold.

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  • August 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm
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    😲 i just discovered im stoic by birth. 👏😆

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  • August 27, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    The art of not giving a fuck

    I like that

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  • August 27, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    This is why ice T got banished from alpha betrium though

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  • August 28, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    Nice concept, difficult to achieve at times, with growing demanding children, they can be very intense and challenging and trying to remain calm and objective is often a fail.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    Probably one of the best videos on explaining stoicism that I’ve seen. A lot of others beat around the bush ? Or I guess you could say can’t really explain the practice. This one is clear and understandable

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  • August 28, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    You know that goose bumps feeling you get when you listen to specific music? I get that when I listen to your videos.
    Keep doing what you do.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    I want to sleep on a pillow made out of that voice

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  • August 28, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Amazing video! Reminded me instantly of this quote from Chuck Palahnuik: "“It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.”

    I'm interested in exploring how stoicism relates to existentialism; there are definitely similar themes between the two.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    Sick of the fucking comments telling me to be happy with what I have fuck off

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  • August 29, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    basically….my 🐈.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 9:05 am
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    Neither we control the outside nor inside. The bundle of thoughts and feelings that you're considering yourself to be is just a justification of the mind for doing what it does. What it has to do. God damn this world is delusional.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 9:23 am
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    The fucking mic this kids uses is horrendous

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  • August 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    everything that happens to us is a matter of relevance and necessity to everything beyond us

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    lovely channel!

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  • August 31, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    This channel is amazing

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  • August 31, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    I feel much lighter after this

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  • August 31, 2019 at 8:12 am
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    Eu só queria assistir vraunalize

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  • August 31, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    mathis “yeah you’ve been emotionless and it gives you no motivation”

    pursuit of wonder “you live with too much emotion and needs cut it off as much as possible in order to stay sane”

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  • August 31, 2019 at 7:43 pm
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    My ears are in pain

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  • September 1, 2019 at 1:30 am
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    New subscriber 😍 This channel makes me wish I chose philosophy for my 2nd major instead of anthropology. I got psychology as my passion / #1 so I suppose that is all that truly matters!

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    Ok, so glad I found your channel. Thank you so much.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    0:11 when Africa is in the northern hemisphere?

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  • September 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    …and that's is how it feel to be a monk. Maybe if people have no desire to achieve or have something, they can't improve to afford having that goal. Just have your limits, be thankful for what you have and achieved and don't lay down, when you fail to achieve some goal.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    im not sure if i practice stoicism or just have apathy because im so indifferent to most types of scenarios ( funny, scary, whatever )

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  • September 1, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    The core of Buddhism runs parallel with stoicism. Am I right?

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