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5 Reasons Stoicism Is Better Than Fox News

  1.  Fox News has a conservative bias.  Stoicism doesn’t have a conservative bias.  Fox News specifically runs news stories and commentaries designed to promote laissez-faire capitalism, anti-immigration policy, the military industrial complex, and a whole host of conservative issues.  Stoicism just tells you to try to observe the world without morally judging it.  As Shakespeare said, “nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
  2. Fox News has only been around since 1996 AD/CE.  Stoicism has been around since 300 BC/BCE.  Stoicism has really proven it can stand the test of time.  Sure, it merged with Christianity during the Dark Ages but it came back on its own during the Renaissance.  It has influenced many great thinkers during the ancient Roman times, Medieval times, Renaissance times, Age of Enlightenment, and current.
  3. Fox News along with many other news networks drummed up a lot of jingoistic passion in the United States to go to war in Iraq in March of 2003.  Stoicism doesn’t drum up negative passion e.g. jingoism.  In fact, it tries to calm down your negative passions and increase your compassion.  If Stoicism was more largely practiced in the US, we’d never rush into war.  In fact, we’d try to be much more diplomatic than we are now.
  4. Fox News has Sean Hannity.  Great Stoic thinkers, ancient and modern, do not include Sean Hannity.
  5. Finally, Fox News commentary is all about pointing out negative attributes of Democrat politicians and pointing out positive attributes of Republican politicians (unless they’re not conservative enough).  Stoicism ignores partisan divide and tries help you realistically assess people’s character.  So a Stoic is only going to judge politicos based on what they know of their virtues, particularly their justice and wisdom.

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5 Reasons Why Stoicism Is Better Than Communism

  1. When Communism has been tried, it’s killed between 85 to 100 million people.  When Stoicism has been tried, it’s killed less than 85 million people.
  2. Communism believes in the utopian vision that one day we can have a classless society of everyone contributing their fair share and receiving their fair share and there would be no more exploitation of the working class by anyone for profit.  Stoicism has never made such promises.  Zeno’s Republic was an idealized vision that Stoics could live in communal harmony but there’s no evidence that it made any promises that all societies would or could live in communal harmony.
  3. Communism believes in a power struggle between the working class and the bourgeoisie.  Stoicism puts the power in your hands by declaring that the only thing in your power is your judgment, opinion, goal, and desire.
  4. While some people have claimed that Communism has yet to be tried successfully, Stoicism has been tried successfully for thousands of years.
  5. Communism, like capitalism, is about your freedom to work.  It’s a philosophy that emphasizes your freedom to work.  Capitalism and Communism of course have major differences in how to go about this but they care ultimately about human beings as working animals.  Stoicism is much cooler than this.  Stoicism believes you should have the freedom to philosophize.  You are a rational animal and a social being so the emphasis is on your freedom to live an analytical life, a life worth living.

5 Reasons Stoicism Is Better Than Feminism

  1. Stoicism already includes feminism but feminism doesn’t necessarily include Stoicism.  The ancient Stoics were similar to Plato in believing that women were just as equal to men in the ability to use reason and be virtuous.  Stoicism is a big tent philosophy that include feminism and many other elements.  Feminists aren’t always Stoics though.  Stoicism is larger in scope than feminism.
  2. Feminism mainly cares about power relationships between men and women.   Stoicism believes that the only thing in your power is your own opinions, desires, and goals, and everything else is indifferent.  But Stoicism does care about the virtue justice which means caring about a whole host of issues like wealth inequality, gender inequality, the environment, economic greed, and mental health issues.
  3. Feminism has several waves.  1st through 4th through I don’t know what but Stoicism is just Stoicism and always has been.  You don’t have to be a 3rd wave Stoic, you’re just a Stoic.  Being a Stoic means you believe in virtue as the end goal, which amazingly leads to eudaimonia.  And that’s that.  It’s easier to be a Stoic.
  4. While it’s good to be a feminist now (depending on your definition), it’s always good to be a Stoic (which is much more easily defined).  Stoicism is timeless and ahistorical.  It doesn’t depend on the history of the patriarchy and the historical changing dynamics of powers of one sex or gender over the other.  Stoicism is always about being virtuous which means helping the downtrodden no matter who they are or who they will be in the future.
  5. To be a proper academic Stoic you don’t need any college, you just need books by three main writers, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca. To be an academic feminist though, you need a 4 year degree in feminism and gender studies and that can be quite expensive, you also need to know a whole host of writers (way more than 3) to comprehend feminism and be well versed in it.  Stoicism requires very little cognitive investment.pexels-photo-59657.jpeg

5 Reasons Why Stoicism Is Better Than Objectivism

  1. Objectivism is a pretty selfish philosophy.  You spend all of your time thinking about your self interest.  Sure, it’s enlightened selfishness so it’s not like you’re pure evil.  But, at the end of the day, you only care about yourself.  Let’s face it, it gets kind of lonely thinking only about yourself and what you get out of any relationship.  Rather, why not practice Stoicism where you actually care about other human beings enough to actually sacrifice yourself for the team?  You’ll feel much better thinking of yourself as part of a greater whole and people will love you for your sacrifices.
  2. Objectivism cares entirely too much about externals like productivity. and even makes productiveness a virtue.  Sometimes in life it’s difficult to be productive.  You might have a physical disability or a mental illness that makes it hard to be productive.  Rather than cry yourself to sleep at night about not being productive, maybe you can try Stoicism.  In Stoicism you don’t need to meet external goals to be happy, you just need to meet internal goals of trying to be a good person.  In Objectivism if you can’t be productive you’re a sad human being.  In Stoicism if you’re not productive, it’s completely fine.
  3. Objectivism stresses its own virtue of independence.  But let’s face it, in life, you’ll be dependent quite often.  Sometimes you’ll have to ask your friend for money or get so poor you’ll need welfare.  Objectivism would tell you you’re a parasite for needing help.  But let’s not forget that Stoicism looked up to Diogenes who was a complete beggar.  Human beings are interdependent animals.  We’re not atomistic individuals who are completely self-sufficient and Stoicism says that’s perfect.
  4. Objectivism defines justice way too selfishly to make anyone happy.  An Objectivist would say justice is achieved when everyone pursues their own selfish interests and no one else interferes with their pursuits.  Unfortunately, if we allowed for this to be the case, the rich would just own everything and, the majority, the poor would be living on breadcrumbs and sick and dying.  Fortunately, Stoicism wants you to be your brother’s keeper and so demands that you sacrifice a lot of your own interests for the team.  In a Stoic society, the rich may not be as happy as they would be in an Objectivist society, but, hey, the poor will be a lot happier and not as dead.
  5. The most obvious reason why Stoicism beats Objectivism is that Objectivism only uses its own virtues as a mere means to happy selfishness.  Unfortunately, as we have seen Objectivism requires never being dependent or always being productive and that’s just implausible in many people’s lives.  Stoicism, on the other hand, just wants you to mean well.  In Stoicism, you may be paralyzed from the neck down, but as long as you have a benevolent heart, you’re a good person.  And for a Stoic virtue is its own reward.  So being benevolent in itself will lead one towards eudaimonia (true happiness).

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    The Objectivist Ayn Rand being her selfishly selfish self!