Chris Torres

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Death comes to us all. Allowing us nothing to take with us when it is our time to go.  But those of us left to mourn can...
05/12/2020

Death comes to us all. Allowing us nothing to take with us when it is our time to go. But those of us left to mourn can take some solace in knowing that they left their mark. That they left something behind. We are the evidence that they loved, that they found connection, that they lived. For me, the rest of you need not be sorry for my loss as death is part of the natural order of things. In truth, I am merely returning a gift to the universe that never belonged to me to begin with. Like sitting with our loved ones witnessing a comet flying through the night sky, I am just sorry that the rest of you didn’t get to experience it

Day 120“We must make the best of those things that are in our power, and take the rest as nature gives it.”-EpictetusThi...
05/01/2020

Day 120

“We must make the best of those things that are in our power, and take the rest as nature gives it.”

-Epictetus

This is the last one of these that I’ll be posting at least for a little while. I have a few other things I’m working on. See you guys soon
#stoicism #staynflux

Day 119“For if one shows this, a man will retire from his error of himself; but as long as you do not succeed in showing...
04/30/2020

Day 119

“For if one shows this, a man will retire from his error of himself; but as long as you do not succeed in showing this, you need not wonder if he persists in his error, for he acts because he has an impression that he is right.

-Epictetus

#stoicism #staynflux

Day 118“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminat...
04/29/2020

Day 118

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.
From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.”

-Epictetus
The above quote was suggested by a friend. I can’t think of a better call to action for those daring enough to be philosophers.
#stoicism #staynflux

Day 118“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminat...
04/29/2020

Day 118

“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself and in no instance bypass the discriminations of reason? You have been given the principles that you ought to endorse, and you have endorsed them. What kind of teacher, then, are you still waiting for in order to refer your self-improvement to him? You are no longer a boy, but a full-grown man. If you are careless and lazy now and keep putting things off and always deferring the day after which you will attend to yourself, you will not notice that you are making no progress, but you will live and die as someone quite ordinary.
From now on, then, resolve to live as a grown-up who is making progress, and make whatever you think best a law that you never set aside. And whenever you encounter anything that is difficult or pleasurable, or highly or lowly regarded, remember that the contest is now: you are at the Olympic Games, you cannot wait any longer, and that your progress is wrecked or preserved by a single day and a single event. That is how Socrates fulfilled himself by attending to nothing except reason in everything he encountered. And you, although you are not yet a Socrates, should live as someone who at least wants to be a Socrates.”

-Epictetus
The above quote was suggested by a friend. I can’t think of a better call to action for those daring enough to be philosophers.
#stoicism #staynflux

Day 117“Some great men, as I have said, used to give themselves a day of rest on certain days every month, while others ...
04/28/2020

Day 117
“Some great men, as I have said, used to give themselves a day of rest on certain days every month, while others divided each day between work and leisure…. Some at midday would move on to something requiring less effort, which they had put off to the afternoon hours…. We must be indulgent to the mind, and regularly grant it the leisure that serves as its food and strength.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux

Day 116“Whoever then has knowledge of good things, would know how to love them; but how could one who cannot distinguish...
04/27/2020

Day 116

“Whoever then has knowledge of good things, would know how to love them; but how could one who cannot distinguish good things from evil and things indifferent from both have power to love?
-Epictetus
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 115“When you have lost one of those dearest to you, to suffer endless grief is foolish indulgence; to suffer none, i...
04/26/2020

Day 115

“When you have lost one of those dearest to you, to suffer endless grief is foolish indulgence; to suffer none, inhuman hardness. The best middle course between devotion and reason is to feel a sense of loss and to subdue it.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 114“Many of our troubles may be explained by the fact that we live according to a pattern, and, instead of arranging...
04/25/2020

Day 114

“Many of our troubles may be explained by the fact that we live according to a pattern, and, instead of arranging our lives according to reason, are led astray by convention.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 113“These are the two ideas you should keep at the very front of your mind and think about. One is that things in th...
04/24/2020

Day 113

“These are the two ideas you should keep at the very front of your mind and think about. One is that things in the world do not touch your spirit, but stand quietly external to it; that which disturbs us comes only from the opinions within us. Second, everything you see changes in a moment and will soon be gone. Keep in mind always how many of these changes you have already seen. The world is constant change; your life lies in your opinion.”

-Marcus Aurelius
I’ve probably posted this quote before. But the ideas above holds so much truth for me that it’s worth repeating.
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 110“Whatever someone might say about you, pay no attention; it is no concern of yours.”-Epictetus#stoicism #staynflu...
04/21/2020

Day 110

“Whatever someone might say about you, pay no attention; it is no concern of yours.”

-Epictetus

#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 109“Do you not realize that all things lose their force because of familiarity?”-Seneca#stoicism #staynflux #philoso...
04/19/2020

Day 109

“Do you not realize that all things lose their force because of familiarity?”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 108“We believe these affairs of ours are great because we are small.”-Seneca#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #...
04/18/2020

Day 108

“We believe these affairs of ours are great because we are small.”

-Seneca

#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 107“Don’t you know how thirst works in someone with a fever? It is nothing like the thirst of a man in good health. ...
04/17/2020

Day 107

“Don’t you know how thirst works in someone with a fever? It is nothing like the thirst of a man in good health. He drinks and is no longer thirsty. The sick man is happy only for a moment, then is nauseous; he converts the drink into bile, he vomits, his stomach hurts, and then he is thirstier still. It is just like this to crave riches and have riches, to crave power and have power, to crave a beautiful woman and sleep with her.”

-Epictetus

Well, damn!!! What I appreciate is the subtlety. The fever is real.
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 106“No emotion is governable, least of all that which is born of grief; it is wild and stubbornly resist. Sometimes ...
04/16/2020

Day 106

“No emotion is governable, least of all that which is born of grief; it is wild and stubbornly resist. Sometimes we want to conceal it and to choke back our sobs, yet tears pour down the face despite its assumed composure. Sometimes we occupy the mind with games or gladiators; but amid the very sights meant to divert it, some slight reminder of grief makes the mind break down. Therefore it is better to conquer sorrow than to trick it; for sorrow that has been deceived, and diverted by pleasures and engagements, rises again and from this very respite gathers strength for its raging. But the grief that has yielded to reason is settled forever.”

-Seneca
It’s a difficult thing to work through grief. But distractions are just that. And in the end the grief is still there waiting for you.
#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 105“Why wouldn’t I prefer that war not break out? But if it should come, my hope is to nobly bear the wounds, the st...
04/15/2020

Day 105

“Why wouldn’t I prefer that war not break out? But if it should come, my hope is to nobly bear the wounds, the starvation, and all else that it must bring with it. I am not so mad as to want to be ill; but if I must be ill, my hope is that I do nothing immoderate or weak. It is not hardships that are desirable, but the courage by which to endure them.”

-Seneca

#stoicism #staynflux #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 103“The wise man gets used to future evils: what other men make bearable by long endurance, he makes bearable by lon...
04/13/2020

Day 103

“The wise man gets used to future evils: what other men make bearable by long endurance, he makes bearable by long reflection. We sometimes hear the inexperienced say, “I didn’t know this was in store for me.” The wise man knows that everything is in store for him. Whatever happens, he says, “I knew.””

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 102“For most pains, let this remark of Epicurus also come to your rescue – that pain is neither unbearable nor etern...
04/12/2020

Day 102

“For most pains, let this remark of Epicurus also come to your rescue – that pain is neither unbearable nor eternal if you consider its limits, and don’t add to it in your imagination.”

-Marcus Aurelius
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 101“To those with no experience of it, a large part of any evil is its novelty. You can see this in the fact that, a...
04/11/2020

Day 101

“To those with no experience of it, a large part of any evil is its novelty. You can see this in the fact that, after getting used to them, they bear more bravely the things they once had regarded as harsh.”

-Seneca

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 100“Consider that as the heaps of sand piled on one another hide the former sands, so in life the events which go be...
04/10/2020

Day 100

“Consider that as the heaps of sand piled on one another hide the former sands, so in life the events which go before are soon covered by those which come after.”

-Marcus Aurelius

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 99“Carefully consider the past – the countless changes of political regimes. You can also see future events in advan...
04/09/2020

Day 99

“Carefully consider the past – the countless changes of political regimes. You can also see future events in advance; they will be of entirely the same kind, for it is impossible to depart from the pattern of what is happening now. It follows that to have observed human life for forty years is the same as for ten thousand. For what more are you going to see?”

-Marcus Aurelius

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 98“They seek out retreats for themselves – places in the country, seashores, the mountains – and you too are accusto...
04/08/2020

Day 98

“They seek out retreats for themselves – places in the country, seashores, the mountains – and you too are accustomed to crave such things especially. All this is utterly amateurish, since it is possible to retreat into oneself any time you like.”

-Marcus Aurelius

I guess there’s plenty of time for this now.
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 97“Nor can anyone live happily who has only himself in view, who turns everything to his own advantage; you ought to...
04/07/2020

Day 97

“Nor can anyone live happily who has only himself in view, who turns everything to his own advantage; you ought to live for the other fellow, if you want to live for yourself.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 96“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.”-SenecaIt’s interesting how the unfairness of ill t...
04/06/2020

Day 96

“Treat your inferiors as you would be treated by your betters.”

-Seneca

It’s interesting how the unfairness of ill treatment by those who see themselves as superior is only evident when we are the ones treated poorly.
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 95“So long as we draw breath, so long as we live among humans, let us cherish humanity. Let us not cause fear to any...
04/05/2020

Day 95

“So long as we draw breath, so long as we live among humans, let us cherish humanity. Let us not cause fear to anyone, nor danger; let us rise above losses, outrages, conflicts, and taunts; let us bear our short-lived ills with magnanimity.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 94If you knew that there was no evil and that there was only ignorance could you look at those whom you perceive as ...
04/04/2020

Day 94
If you knew that there was no evil and that there was only ignorance could you look at those whom you perceive as harming you with empathy or compassion?

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 93“All cruelty springs from Weakness”-Seneca#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy
04/03/2020

Day 93

“All cruelty springs from Weakness”
-Seneca

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 93“All cruelty springs from Weakness”-Seneca#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy
04/03/2020

Day 93

“All cruelty springs from Weakness”
-Seneca

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 92“What then is to be valued? The clapping of hands? No. Nor should we value the clapping of tongues, for that is th...
04/02/2020

Day 92

“What then is to be valued? The clapping of hands? No. Nor should we value the clapping of tongues, for that is the praise of the masses.”

-Marcus Aurelius
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 91“Many of our troubles may be explained by the fact that we live according to a pattern, and, instead of arranging ...
04/01/2020

Day 91

“Many of our troubles may be explained by the fact that we live according to a pattern, and, instead of arranging our lives according to reason, are led astray by convention.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 90“How can the sight of new countries give you pleasure? Getting to know cities and places? That agitation of yours ...
03/31/2020

Day 90

“How can the sight of new countries give you pleasure? Getting to know cities and places? That agitation of yours turns out to be useless. Do you want to know why your running away doesn’t help? You take yourself along. Your mental burden must be put down before any place will satisfy you.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 89“Now, am I urging you to be hard-hearted, do I ask that you betray no emotion at the funeral, do I refuse to let y...
03/30/2020

Day 89

“Now, am I urging you to be hard-hearted, do I ask that you betray no emotion at the funeral, do I refuse to let your spirit even be touched? Not at all. It would be barbarous, not courageous, to watch the burial rites of one’s own – with the same eyes that watched them while living – and not be moved as one’s family is first torn apart. Suppose I did forbid it: some things have rights of their own. Tears fall even from those trying to hold them back; being shed, they lift the spirit. What, then, shall we do? Let us allow them to fall, but not order them to do so; let there be as much weeping as emotion may produce, not as much as imitation may demand. Let us add nothing to grief, nor enlarge it to match the example of someone else.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

Day 88“There are certain things, Lucilius, that no courage can avoid; nature reminds courage of its own mortality. And s...
03/29/2020

Day 88

“There are certain things, Lucilius, that no courage can avoid; nature reminds courage of its own mortality. And so the courageous man will frown at sad things; he will be startled by a sudden occurrence; he will feel dizzy if, standing at the brink, he looks down from the precipice. This is not fear, but a natural feeling not to be overcome by reason.”

-Seneca
#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s virtual Stoic meetup. I’ll see you guys at noon.#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #...
03/28/2020

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s virtual Stoic meetup. I’ll see you guys at noon.

#stoicism #staynflux #wakingupcourse #philosophyoflife #lifephilosophy

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