EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): I am certainly not the first to detect the many similarities and other connections between Stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophical school that flourished in Hellenistic times starting in 300 BC with Zeno of Citium (Cyprus).  In the three centuries before Christ, this philosophy flourished and grew, becoming the primary trend of these times.  You can research the connection between Stoicism and Christianity – the bibliography is endless: From the belief in one God / Logos to their values and ethics, the two “systems” have so many common ideas… The “preparatory” centuries of Platonism and Stoicism cultivated the ground for the easy and fast spread of Christianity…

The two short videos below exemplify how stoicism is applied in life.  The first one deals with how we should approach disrespect, and the second one deals with sexuality.  Sorry to disappoint many Patriarchate hierarchs and other LGBTQ promoters around Fordham University, but at the time of Stoicism, as in the time of Christianity, homosexuality was morally inconceivable, and the moral order of the world is based on natural laws…  Homosexuality was known and maybe even practiced – but ALL sexual desires were seen by Stoics as dangerous for leading humans to lose their balance.  Stoic philosophy promoted the individual’s responsibility towards family and society. 

ENJOY – APPLY IN YOUR LIFE AND SHARE!!

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I believe Plato condemned homosexuality in The Laws … as did Aristotle and Plotinus.
    Epicurus and the Stoics both condemned it.

    Today we call Platonic friends = chaste love.
    & Ancient Greeks had no term for homosexuality – women were mostly hidden away, thus a lot of male bonding until marriage.

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