5 Reasons Stoicism Is Better Than Autumn

The autumn is the best season.  The days are growing shorter and the intensely hot days draw to an end.  All the wasps and spiders go away and the trees look magnificent with their bright yellow, red, orange colors shining as the beta carotene shines through the decayed chlorophyll of their leaves.   Here are 5 reasons Stoicism is better than that.

  1.  Fall unfortunately is just one season and so it’s not always in season.  Stoicism is always in season.  In fact if you bought Ryan Holiday’s The Daily Stoic, you’ll find that there’s a quote by a notable Stoic to help you through the day for 365 days of the year.
  2. The Fall reminds us that all things must come to an end.  The leaves of the deciduous trees begin to die, the insects begin to die, as the air cools outside activities begin to cease, and gardening comes to an end.  Stoicism reminds us throughout the year that all things must come to an end.  Everything is born, sustains, and then dies.  Fall only reminds us of the ending of things for 3 months.  Stoicism reminds us not to take anything for granted 365 days of the year.
  3. In the late Fall, the air grows uncomfortably cold, especially in late November.  Stoicism teaches you to bear the cold.  It teach you all year round how to learn to bear uncomfortable truths, hardships, anything and everything dire.  When you practice Stoicism after a while, you begin to quote Queen Elsa of Frozen, “the cold never bothered me anyway.”
  4. The Fall is a great season for pyromaniacs.  It’s that time of the year when you have bonfires and you get to stack your wood in the fireplace/hearth and let it burn.  The ancient Stoics believed in a divine fire that existed in each of us that burned throughout the year.  Surely Stoicism is the true answer to all fire lovers everywhere.
  5. In the Autumn many throughout the Western world participate what is called Halloween.  Halloween is a great holiday that celebrates the pivotal point in the year of harvest.  While it’s a fun holiday where people dress up like witches and warlocks, it doesn’t compare to Stoicism which creates joy throughout the year for those who practice virtue.

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