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The Philosophy of Stoicism: Part 2

Introduction On 10 December 1940, a very big explosion happened in West Orange, New Jersey. Immediately 8 fire vehicles rushed to the site. This fire happened due to a chemical explosion in the 10 Factory building of Thomas Alva Edison. Initially, Edison tried very hard to douse the fire and was running from here and there. But when he realized that there is no benefit of running as fire already gutted his whole factory then he started watching the scene. He also called his son, wife, and other family members to the burning site. He told them that it is a very rare event and they will not see such fire again. The next day he accepted the interview with New York Times and told the reporter that he is ready to build everything again. Edison was 67 years old at that time and this story is a perfect example of stoicism. Here he implemented the fourth core value of stoicism. Stoicism is a philosophy of ancient Athens scholars but it is a pearl of timeless wisdom. Many great personalities us
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The Philosophy of Stoicism: Part 1

Introduction Stoicism is a great greek philosophy that deals with self-discipline and mind control. This philosophy helps us to bear all types of pains in our life. Stoicism was popularised by Zeno of Citium who was born in the Greek city of Citium. He started studying philosophy after he lost everything in a ship wreckage near Athens. He swam to Athens and started roaming around. As he doesn’t have anything to do hence he visited a bookshop and saw a book of Socrates. He started asking questions pertaining to Socrates' philosophy from the book shop owner. The Book shop owner suggested that he must visit Xenophon who was also a cynic philosopher. Zeno started asking philosophical questions from Xenophon and became his student. Thereafter Zeno started studying greek philosophy under the guidance of Xenophon. After the long study of the philosophy, Zeno started teaching his own students. As he and his students used to discuss his philosophy at Stoa Poikile, Athens hence his philosoph

Inspirational Death of Socrates

Introduction “I am the wisest man on earth because I know one thing that I know nothing”. These mindful words are of Socrates. He is one of the most popular philosophers of all time. He sacrificed his life for humanity without even thinking twice. Socrates had not written his biography but we can know about him by reading books of his student, Plato. He was from a very poor family and his father was a sculptor. He fought for his nation as a young army man. Many times during the war he used to go to a lonely place and think for several hours. When he didn’t like army and sculptor work then he opened his own school where young students used to ask a wide variety of questions from him. Socrates was a very open-minded person but at that time people of Athens used to follow dogmatic rules. Due to his revolutionary ideas, he gained the attention of many other philosophers but few of them became his enemies. Death of Socrates The people of Athens were very conservative and there was great tur

Twenty One Words That Can Change Your Life: Sir William Osler

Introduction Sir William Osler is one of the most famous and charming physicians of all time. He was an amazing clinical personality and possessed extraordinary skills. He was a prolific writer and his textbooks are still popular among medical practitioners around the world. His lovely conversations with his students and colleagues were documented and several journals appeared in his honor. His popularity can be understood by knowing that several medals, busts, and awards are still in his name. McGill university instituted the Osler society in 1921, the Osler Club of London was established in 1928 and the American Osler society was established in 1971. Japan also instituted the Osler society in 1983 to celebrate the contributions of Sir William Osler towards medical research. But everything was not so perfect as he was a mediocre student during his college life. In the spring of 1871, he picked up a book and read 21 words which changed his life completely. He became so popular that two

Best motivation techniques of this century

  Introduction Today we will understand the meaning of motivation and how we used to get motivated for any task. Let’s start with a question that why we went to college? There can be many answers like someone can say that he or she had gone to college to earn a degree but someone else can say that colleges are a place to gain knowledge. Some other person may also say that he or she had gone to college just because of their parents. All of the above answers are the need of a person so motivation used to come whenever we have a need to do something. The magnitude of our motivation depends upon the size of our needs and many times we fail to realize our needs. Whenever we fail to understand the importance of our needs, we used to get demotivated. Also, we seek external motivation from other people in these cases. Let us understand the types of motivation and explore the best type of motivation for our personal and professional growth. Types of motivation 1. The Fear motivation Fear motiva

The Danger of Anger: Possible Solutions

Introduction The word anger is one short of danger and we must understand that whenever we get angry then a dangerous situation awaits us. We can understand this analogy with a short story. There was a child in a village who used to get angry about very small things. One day his father decided to teach him a lesson. Father had provided a bunch of nails to his son and ordered him to pierce those nails on a wooden boundary of their farm. That child followed the instructions of his father and started piercing those nails. When the son had completed the task then his father instructed him to remove those nails one by one. On this, his son became angry but followed the instructions and completed the second task as well. Father asked his son to observe learnings from this task but his son was not able to grab the lesson. On this, his father explained that when the nails were removed from the boundary then those nails left the scar on the boundary. He further explained that the results of ang

The inspirational story of Napoleon Bonaparte

Introduction Each one of us used to face problems in our lives and it is impossible to skip challenges of our path. There are two types of people in this world-first is those types of people who used to see problems during a challenging phase of life and second are those types of people who used to see opportunities during a challenging phase of life. When we see problems then problems used to become big and our road to success becomes very difficult but when we see opportunities then we get solutions to our problem very easily. Today we will talk about the great emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French statesman and a great military leader who led many successful campaigns during the French revolution. He won many battles and ruled over the European continent during his lifetime but he was born in a very poor family in Corsica and due to his good analytical skills he got a scholarship and studied at the expense of the French king. After completing his ed