- The Powerpuff Girls are the superhero trio Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles. While they may fight crime and save the world, there is another important trio that saves philosophy: Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. Sure, the Powerpuff Girls may seem to have more power than many of us non-super-hero-types but Epictetus reminds us that the only thing truly in our power is our opinions, desires, and goals.
- To be a Powerpuff Girl, you just need to be like any girl, a combination of sugar, spice, and everything nice but you need the special chemical X to make you have super powers. To be a Stoic girl, you don’t need any chemical X. You just need virtue. And virtue is far more excellent than some chemical.
- The Powerpuff Girls are an exemplar of moral strength. Always fighting crime in the name of justice and compassion. So while they are great examples of what anyone should be, they would understand that their virtues are what’s ultimately important and not themselves. So they would gladly honor the Stoic virtues of courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom over themselves.
- The Powerpuff Girls put many superheros to shame. They put Batman to shame, Superman to shame, even Yahweh. But can they put Cato the Younger to shame? No! Cato the Younger, a very serious Stoic, fought Julius Caesar from becoming dictator of Rome. But when Cato lost to Caesar did he bow down and let himself be pardoned? No, he cut out his guts (literally) in protest of Caesar’s reign. This symbolic gesture might be the reason why Caesar was later assassinated.
- While the Powerpuff Girls have won our hearts and minds as crusaders for justice and compassion, it’s always important to remember Stoicism. Stoicism has its flawed Stoic followers. But the concept of the Stoic Sage is perfect and absolute as our standard of someone bearing justice and compassion.