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  • Published on Sep 24, 2018
  • How to change your life for the better by practicing ancient Greco-Roman philosophy as a way of life. Massimo Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He currently is the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the science philosophy relationship, pseudoscience and the philosophy of Stoicism.
    Having published in national and international outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, he is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and a Contributing Editor to Skeptical Inquirer. He owns two blogs: Plato’s Footnote on general philosophy and How to Be a Stoic on his personal exploration of Stoicism as practical philosophy.
    Pigliucci has also published 153 technical papers in science and philosophy, while he is the author or editor of 13 books, most recently of the best selling How to Be A Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx

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  • Caveman Dan
    Caveman Dan 2 years ago +2959

    My Dad told me when I was very young:
    “don’t worry about things you can’t control because you can’t change them, and don’t worry about things you can control because you can change them”
    I obviously ain’t perfect but I recite this like a mantra daily and it’s always helped me.

    • Jiannan Hu
      Jiannan Hu Month ago

      @Heart Of The Forest did I Z as

    • Mariano Reimundi Scafidi
      Mariano Reimundi Scafidi 2 months ago

      then we dont need to worry :)

    • Victory Cupcake
      Victory Cupcake 4 months ago

      I think it was the Dali Llama I saw express a similar philosophy in a video, I'm paraphrasing here but he said something like "Worrying is pointless. If you have an issue and there is a solution, there is no need to worry. If there is no solution, then worrying is not going to make it any better." I think of this almost daily, it really helps.

    • Daniel Corray
      Daniel Corray 5 months ago

      @Caveman Dan I know this is a long shot, but I just "found" philosophy and am also finding myself enthralled it to help with my current state. Any chance you can share how it went/is going?

  • Jerry
    Jerry 3 years ago +328

    I'm currently reading (well, listening, through Audible) The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, and a lot of the things mentioned in the book, I find that I already do naturally. However, it gives added information and insight on the philosophy. Great read/listen!

    • syndex
      syndex 5 days ago

      @Lachy T 😆

    • TrueBlue222
      TrueBlue222 Month ago

      Ditto !

    • OLUWAFEMI JOHN ADEDOKUN
      OLUWAFEMI JOHN ADEDOKUN Month ago

      @Lachy T 😂😂😂

    • Lachy T
      Lachy T 8 months ago +11

      @Diogenes' Lantern Bad news for all blind people, apparently the only way a sentence can be contemplated is visually...

    • Diogenes' Lantern
      Diogenes' Lantern Year ago

      Like all philosophy, it is NOT a you should be listening to via audio book. It's meant to be contemplated line by line.

  • Raquel L
    Raquel L 3 years ago +249

    Pretty insightful. I think the hard part is being able to think logically when emotional. I don't think we should disregard emotion but learning how to process them first instead of acting on impulse can be tricky for me. So recently I've been trying to more firmly establish what my values/goals and act accordingly. Hopefully that helps make things easier. Really liked this.

    • payaswini bansal
      payaswini bansal 5 months ago +1

      @Yara Zr same for me. It's hard to control them and think logically. Just ordered meditations by marcus Aurelius. Gonna try it. Hope it helps ve ause I di feel everything quite intensely.

    • ksc
      ksc 2 years ago +1

      Oh, Raquel L, very well said.

    • bcs2em
      bcs2em 2 years ago +3

      Sound like the Vulcans of Star Trek would love stoicism.

    • ankenny __
      ankenny __ 3 years ago +1

      How do you go about it @Raquel L ?? Did it helped keeping aside emotional part and being more logical in the first place ??

    • nikos orf
      nikos orf 3 years ago +4

      "Blinded from anger"
      Anger, or any other emotion can take control of your actions if intensified, when you're in that moment it's not your conscious mind that is in control, but your primal instincts
      Stoicism for me is about maintaining control of yourself

  • Walter J. Matweychuk, PhD
    Walter J. Matweychuk, PhD 3 years ago +167

    Massimo does it again! A lovely 20-minute presentation on Stoicism. If you want to do more than just survive in life and if you want to live a meaningful life watch this video and learn about Stoicism from Massimo. He is an expert!

    • Carolina
      Carolina Year ago

      Completely correct.

    • Howard Quiscombe
      Howard Quiscombe 3 years ago +1

      Expert? I wouldn't take on trust the speaker's claim, without substantiation, that Nelson Mandela read Marcus Aurelius.

    • Strong Body Strong Soul
      Strong Body Strong Soul 3 years ago +1

      Walter J. Matweychuk, PhD I agree 👍🏼

  • Subscribe For No Reason
    Subscribe For No Reason 3 years ago +1317

    "Emotions at the very basic level are the properties of the mind, don't let them dominate you. "

    • תבל קופלר
      תבל קופלר 11 months ago

      Surly, there are some situations that limit less or more our control on the emotions. But we shouldn't try to stop our emotions, rather of that, use them in the right way.

    • תבל קופלר
      תבל קופלר 11 months ago

      The topic on controlling emotions is really fascinating me, so I will contribute to the conversation.
      We don't have full control on our emotions.
      There are parts of our brain that are responsible for emotions (the limbic system), so, we can't shut down the emotions, because we can't just shut down those parts (i ignore physical injuries because it's rare). Imagine emotions as a spectrum, you can lower or higher them up, but never to zero. Even if you think that emotions are bad, that means that you are emotionally connected to that argument, therefor, you can't get away from emotions. Indeed we don't have full control on our emotions.

    • Raymond Philip
      Raymond Philip Year ago

      @Lord Vivec 😂😂 no comment.

    • Lord Vivec
      Lord Vivec Year ago +1

      @Raymond Philip antidepressive exists for weak people who don't want to take responsibility for their state of being, I made that mistake too, I know first-hand

  • waseem yaseen
    waseem yaseen Year ago +82

    Stoicism is not just a philosophy, but it is a way of living well-balanced life.

    • CrayDesigns
      CrayDesigns 10 days ago

      So… a philosophy?

    • nestcuni
      nestcuni 4 months ago +1

      That is what a philosophy is, a way of living.

  • Jason McDuffie
    Jason McDuffie 3 years ago +536

    "Worry about what's under your control." That's a liberating concept

    • Bartholomew Lyons
      Bartholomew Lyons 8 months ago

      @Lee Lorenz wow! I wrote my comment and then saw yours) exactly! The worrying bit is identifying what exactly we can control. What if you stop worrying about smth you could control only to later realise you could have controlled it 😄😄😄

    • Bartholomew Lyons
      Bartholomew Lyons 8 months ago

      How do you know what exactly is under your control - that is the million dollar question

    • Lee Lorenz
      Lee Lorenz 11 months ago +1

      how do you know what's under your control?

    • zauberschurke
      zauberschurke Year ago

      „Dont worry about what isn‘t under your control, for you can‘t change it. And don‘t worry about what is under your control, for you can change it“

    • Abderrahmane
      Abderrahmane 2 years ago +3

      no need to worry about it because it's under your control

  • Stoa
    Stoa 2 years ago +239

    Stoicism is such a practical philosophy.

    • john pijano
      john pijano Year ago +8

      Well, the romans were a pragmatic people.

    • Mr McBeardy
      Mr McBeardy 2 years ago +1

      "Pragmatic" 🙃💯
      Namaste 🙏

  • Sumeet Kotaria
    Sumeet Kotaria 2 years ago +417

    I think this is a very underrated video and an underrated topic. This video deserves atleast a million views.

    • Zara
      Zara 7 months ago +1

      I'm watching it now and it has almost 1.4 Million

    • Go Jump
      Go Jump 8 months ago +2

      😂🤣😆 I laughed at your observation! So funny!

    • jacob jackson
      jacob jackson 9 months ago

      screw stoicism, read Friedrich Nietzsche

    • Alexander
      Alexander 9 months ago +1

      It has over 1 million views

    • Igor K
      Igor K Year ago +5

      Oh, man - we got a stoic zoo here - Cynical Fox, Lethal Owl.

  • Nan Salonica
    Nan Salonica Month ago +1

    Excellent talk - I love MP's approach and his way of explaining stoicism - really superb.

  • The Truth
    The Truth 2 years ago +74

    I think Stoicism is one of the things that can help people get a life that isn`t just ordinary. It increases peoples productivity and if you put in enough work you can achive anything.

  • Mike az
    Mike az 2 years ago +45

    Massimo is so good , I love listening to his lectures on stoicism and his Ted talk is fantastic , one of my guides into learning and applying stoicism , fantastic work Massimo!

  • Federico Vicente
    Federico Vicente 2 years ago +93

    We need stoicism more than ever, a beacon from within the roots of our civilization that got lost in time somewhow. I think about any modern problem in the light of stoicism, and I'am amazed of how lost we are.

    • Marco Tremblay
      Marco Tremblay Year ago

      It's sad...

    • Daniel Deiparine
      Daniel Deiparine Year ago

      @Jeff Miller indeed

    • Jeff Miller
      Jeff Miller Year ago +7

      Literally amazed. Our technology has long surpassed our ability to comprehend what it fully entails & more so the effect it has on us, society and all of nature.

    • Daniel Deiparine
      Daniel Deiparine Year ago +9

      We maybe technologically advanced, but when it comes to us, we are truly lost.

  • study with Pooja
    study with Pooja 2 years ago +294

    if these things were taught in my school or college.. i would not have taken so much time to heal.

    • Regina Semenenko
      Regina Semenenko 5 months ago

      I can certainly understand. I'm sort of guilty of thinking about how much different my life would be had I discovered Stoic wisdom earlier in my life. However, I have to stop myself and be thankful that I've recently discovered a philosophy for living that I can try to put into practice in order to have more stability and peace for the rest of my life. And yes, I literally have to say to myself, "STOP." The reality is that I cannot change the past and this moment is all that I have. Good luck to you on your journey!

    • Joseph Coon
      Joseph Coon 10 months ago +6

      If these things were taught before college, colleges wouldn’t exist.

    • h.
      h. 10 months ago +1

      @TSVGoali you can't control others, but you can control yourself, and you can treat others with kindness and do things to make evryone feel better, the point is to not obsess over others because they are separate entities that cannot be controlled.

    • Lord Vivec
      Lord Vivec Year ago +8

      i'm sorry to hear that, and I can relate to this too, I lost many valuable years in bad life and depression caused by sheer ignorance of the mind. But remember, it's never too late and NOW you have control, so the best in life lies ahead 👍

    • TSVGoali
      TSVGoali Year ago +3

      @Ayy Mate this one I don't understand. I thought the highest motivation as a stoic is to do things for humanity. So by caring and telling his opinion, what the school should teaching the commenter followed this rule.
      On the other hand you said, that this is out of your control so he doesn't have to worry about it.
      So where could be the sweetspot to combine these two things?

  • Jesica Itzel
    Jesica Itzel 5 months ago +33

    Mi bisabuelo decía: "Si tu problema tiene solución, pa' que te preocupas? Y si tu problema no tiene solucion... ¿Pa' que te preocupas?"
    Alguien puso un comentario similar en inglés, y es bonito saber que existe este modo de pensar a pesar de la distancia, y por supuesto, de los años:)

    • Krsna Sanchez
      Krsna Sanchez Month ago

      Tu abuelo es sabio, esa frase es filosofía dicha por Dalai Lama .

  • Teja Karlapudi
    Teja Karlapudi Year ago +43

    Stoicism is the most underrated philosophy. The one that actually helps humans deal with problems.

  • William Morse
    William Morse 3 years ago +114

    The part about "saving energy" and not wasting time and emotion on that which is not under our control speaks to me. The
    whole concept of stoicism reminds me of "existentialism" which Jean Paul Sartre held to in the main message of his
    writings.... do your best, what you feel is right and don't focus on the result.
    thanks for uploading!

  • Memento Catharsis
    Memento Catharsis 2 years ago +41

    To everyone saying you already do lots of this stuff - you're doing it because it's a part of your culture, which has been given Stoicism for hundreds of years. That's why you do it already. It's an ancient part of our culture

  • Евгений Федоровский

    When you read the book, of course you realize how crumpled and hurried this performance is. But Pillucci had to meet the allotted time, and he did it as worthily as possible.
    If you liked this video, get yourself a book by the author, "How to Be Stoic?" . It is definitely worth it.
    Very thanks!

  • Jake Parker
    Jake Parker 2 years ago +40

    I was reading his book: "How to be a stoic". Best book I've ever read!

    • Evija3000
      Evija3000 Year ago +2

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Fernando North
    Fernando North Year ago +2

    Still my go to philosophy for living. Currently in my life, there is a family problem far way from where I live. I can control nothing, add or take away nothing from the problem. Yet, I listen to all sides and am present virtually so that problems are expressed. In this case I am exercising courage by getting involved and doing the right thing and justice by enabling all sides the space and time to exert their doubts and worries. It is truly enlightening to see a philosophy slot into your life like this. I feel empowered.

  • Lance Lee
    Lance Lee 3 years ago +3

    Over the last few years I've come to some of this on my own, and it has been quite effective. I'm looking forward to delving more into Stoicism.

  • Phoenix
    Phoenix Year ago +6

    Stoicism is an indifference to the outward circumstances and getting all your power from within... It actually frees you up to do more with your life 😍💖🕊️

  • Muhammad Shaukat
    Muhammad Shaukat 3 years ago +9

    I came across "Stoicism" while studying Greek Philosophy and reading about Marcus Aurelius. This presentation highlights the origins and adds to the modern practical aspects of the philosophy. Thanks Tedx Athens..

  • S B
    S B 3 years ago +2

    Great talk! Thanks for explaining Stoicism really well. This concept can be read in Eastern thought also, in many different cultures and religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. It is known as Karma Yoga. This is also one of the basic practical philosophies taught in Asia since ages.

    • Winston Smith
      Winston Smith 3 years ago

      Do they call it Karma Yoga or Stoicism like in the West?

  • BohemianNeil1975
    BohemianNeil1975 9 months ago +11

    I am thoroughly enjoying his book "How to be a Stoic." I am very drawn to Stoicism and Taoism.

  • reiden
    reiden Year ago +3

    "Unless a virus strikes you down"
    I felt that. I think Stoicism could be really useful in our lives -especially today.

  • Patrick Glass
    Patrick Glass Month ago

    Brilliant lecture: succinct and superbly delivered! Thank you very much, Massimo.

  • Clint Pustejovsky
    Clint Pustejovsky 3 years ago +29

    Practicing Stoicism has helped me get through deaths, that I had zero control of, and things that did not work out or things I forgot and could not undo, and may etc. Things out of your control are just that, nothing you can do damn thing about!

  • Jonathan Carter
    Jonathan Carter 2 years ago +6

    Having a very Southern-US evangelical Christian upbringing, I can't resist the urge to say "amen!" or "Preach it" when I hear philosophy speak to my soul like this. It almost feels that we are brainwashed to overvalue extrinsic values (money, status, appearance, etc) instead of intrinsic values (time, enjoyment, and personal interests, etc). More people are learning the enormous value of philosophy as it becomes more relevant: We feel increasingly invisible. Many of us feel led to believe that, as individuals, we don't matter in this world and that life is pointless but that is wrong (if you think it). I hope for a day that we practically have "philosophy churches:" This stuff changes lives, hearts, and minds just as religions and it is needed today more than ever. The texts from the great philosophers are not put forth as "Divine truth" like holy books but their merit is self-evident: They can't receive tithes because philosophers are honest and would be repulsed by the idea lol. Also, Philosophy Rules.

  • Crystal Flores
    Crystal Flores 10 months ago +2

    I didn't know about stoicism until I stumble on this video. This guy deserves a credit!

  • From Commando to Yogi
    From Commando to Yogi 8 months ago +2

    Where has this been all my life. I'm been living like this since I can remember. Wow, this is beautiful! Everything seems to be flowing at the same time at the moment. Yeeehaaaa to life everyone ❤️

  • J Rob
    J Rob 2 months ago

    This is the best lesson of stoicism I’ve had so far. Thanks.

  • Motivation Wave | Daily Positive Quotes of Wisdom

    So much wisdom in a video 🔥🔥 Thank you!

  • Bakhytgul
    Bakhytgul Month ago

    Such a nice joyful lecture. Thank you Massimo.

  • anthony ali
    anthony ali 11 months ago +4

    18:01 "We wear a number of masks, and we change them continuously."
    18:16 "And the idea is that a happy life is, in fact, a life well balanced, where you play all these roles as the best actor you can possibly be."
    🤝

  • Maryanne Nyanduko
    Maryanne Nyanduko 3 years ago +15

    This guy is preaching to my soul!!

  • Xensonar
    Xensonar 5 days ago +1

    I think I was journeying towards stoicism before I knew it was even a thing. When I first discovered it, it was like a pair of shoes that fit me perfectly. Now it's just a matter of if I want to commit to the road and walk all the way.

  • Inch by Inch Stories
    Inch by Inch Stories Year ago +136

    Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. - Seneca

    • Inch by Inch Stories
      Inch by Inch Stories 11 months ago +6

      @FCCfan Pretty sure he stole it like several other stuff.

    • FCCfan
      FCCfan 11 months ago

      Pretty sure that was Thpmas Edison

  • Strong Body Strong Soul
    Strong Body Strong Soul 3 years ago +3

    I love your work - thank you !🙏🏻

  • Linh Nguyễn
    Linh Nguyễn 2 years ago +2

    Astonishing! Thank you for fruitful lesson

  • ialicat
    ialicat Year ago +2

    I love this. I often say to my daughter, all I expect of you in life is to try your best and be kind/nice.

  • IbrahimHoldsForth
    IbrahimHoldsForth Year ago +2

    Here's the thing about emotions: There are times when, good or bad, they are entirely justified, and compel you to act the right way. So very often your instincts and emotions are your first perception about your reality or situation. The analytical mind comes second. So obviously emotions can clearly blind the analytical side, especially since the analytical side is of recent evolutionary origin and has been grafted on to a deeper rooted primtive/lizard aspect of the brain. I like stoicism and stoic reflection -- it has honestly made me more thankful and appreciative, but it's approach to emotions is misguided. For example, the feelings of humiliation wound us in our core. We're not willing to let others humiliate us because of FEELINGS.

  • Mimi Nguyen
    Mimi Nguyen 2 years ago +6

    This is one of the best TEDx Talks on RU-clip.

  • Larissa Vicentini
    Larissa Vicentini 2 years ago +2

    Gostei especialmente dessa noção estoica de que não faz sentido atribuir os resultados do que está fora do seu controle sobre sua autoestima.

  • Igor K
    Igor K Year ago

    Great presentation - very succinct, and that in itself is stoic! Thanks!

  • Maximum Effort
    Maximum Effort 6 months ago

    This is a great video I'm going to forward it to people that I know and hope that it can help them through the trials and tribulations in life so that they can control or they can control and not be stressed about what they cannot control.

  • Michael Taylor
    Michael Taylor Year ago

    Well said, good advice, and clear thinking

  • Gilgamesh
    Gilgamesh Year ago +3

    I never realized I already practiced stoicism, I always thought I was different for the way I think compared to most people I know. But I didn't learn about what stoicism is until an episode of Gotham.

  • Grant Horvath
    Grant Horvath Year ago +2

    I wish I could give 6th grade me a quick lecture on the value of recognizing what's in his control. It would have saved him a panic attack or five a month. That's for sure.

  • Ulises Lira
    Ulises Lira 2 years ago +1

    I just have one word. Stunning performance and he truly have an excellent expertise!

  • Berkley Pearl
    Berkley Pearl 2 years ago +1

    I like stoicism, it’s very useful for every day things. Stoicism is very grounding. It reminds me of the techniques therapists teach to help people with anxiety

  • Astitva Manikpuri
    Astitva Manikpuri 2 years ago +1

    One of the underrated talks I guess. He told so many things but, as said, it our choice whether we take/apply it or not.

  • eine kleine Biermusik
    eine kleine Biermusik 3 years ago +5

    I'm really glad I found this talk and read his book, it has changed my life for the better!

    • Rahul B
      Rahul B 9 months ago

      @Mohit Yadav Well it's been 2 years but incase you still want to know, he wrote a book called 'How to be a Stoic'. Hope that helps!

    • Hanna Hanna1
      Hanna Hanna1 11 months ago

      ❤️

    • Mohit Yadav
      Mohit Yadav 3 years ago

      Name of book please

    • A B
      A B 3 years ago +1

      You should also pick up The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday. 366 quotes from the ancient Stoics with a little bit of riffing by Holiday. It is excellent and will only help you to focus on each day as we all ought to do.

  • L
    L 8 months ago +2

    I’m very much interested in learning to be less reactive and moving the letter C from the middle to the beginning: creative. Finding outlets to express myself so that I don’t expend my energy reacting too quickly and harshly. I find that my emotional energy is finite each day and resets each morning, so I’d like to preserve my emotional energy for positive & healthy interactions 🙂

  • L
    L Year ago +4

    Learned Stoicism, how it's pronounced, and all, in less than 20 mins.. thanks😀

  • K DC.
    K DC. 3 years ago +42

    Thank you for the content. My favorite stoic is Seneca the Younger. For anyone interested in his viewpoint, please check the book called "How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life".

    • books in tamil
      books in tamil 2 years ago

      Thanks 🙏

    • LLORYELLE -
      LLORYELLE - 3 years ago

      @deano dog That's proper BS, Seneca EMPHASIZED on making philosophy (thus stoicism) your way of life, not just a hobby. He literally said that and he even emphasized on the fact that most philosophy students do not live by it, making philosophy more a sort entertainment. Seneca was not perfect that, he admitted that, but his aim certainly was.

    • TrangDB9
      TrangDB9 3 years ago

      @deano dog stoicism doesn't say that you must give away everything and be poor. That's more a cynic thing, alla Dyonisus.

    • Lance White Horse
      Lance White Horse 3 years ago

      @TrangDB9 Right.. As Ive said with stoicism

  • C
    C 2 years ago +1

    Always been a fan of stoicism. I've tried to apply the philosophy in my own life....... seems relevant in todays world,

  • Riddlemewalker
    Riddlemewalker 9 months ago +1

    I’m glad he started with the stoic virtues I do feel like this is important for stoics . IMO analogous to the precepts in Zen buddismo.

  • skweruth
    skweruth Year ago +3

    one of the great talks I've heard so far

  • Rosana RG
    Rosana RG 2 years ago +1

    It is an interesting lecture. It is clear that the sense of humour of the public was not under the control of the lecturer, no one laughed whenever he did a joke.

  • Chris Aldridge
    Chris Aldridge 2 years ago +2

    Great talk thank you! Succinct, lucid, just great :) and I learned how to pronounce some of the philosophers names :)

  • Prem Punjabi
    Prem Punjabi 8 months ago

    I have really learnt a lot,Thank you Sir

  • favourite music
    favourite music 2 years ago

    I love his wisdom. But too simplistic for my utterly complex life. Will try to apply though his idea that our self confidence can only come from what we have control over.

  • Rose Canjura
    Rose Canjura Year ago

    Great talk, sometimes we forget what is more important. Very much oblige.

  • Lais Lais
    Lais Lais Year ago +2

    The best class about stoicism!!! perfect!!

  • Alek Sy
    Alek Sy 2 days ago

    He was already a wise man before the shipwreck. It only took that tragedy to remove his distractions from the seed of wisdom he already has.

  • Anurag Adhikari
    Anurag Adhikari 2 years ago +47

    Stoicism has been taught in Hindu Vedanta. I am surprised at the striking resemblance.

    • Ezio Gallicchio
      Ezio Gallicchio 6 months ago +5

      At that time (around 300 BC) there had been many cultural exchanges between indian and greek civilisations following the conquest of parts of India by Alexander the Great few decades earlier. They likely influenced each other.

    • Apocalypse Dragon
      Apocalypse Dragon 2 years ago +18

      Perform action, but do not be attached to the results.
      Treat victory and disaster as the same.
      Both are themes mentioned in the Bhagavat Gita, which is one is the principal texts of Advaita Vedanta

    • Reading Steiner
      Reading Steiner 2 years ago +5

      Anurag Adhikari Could you please list out a few resemblances. I don’t know much about Hinduism in general.

  • Yadi Anyankah
    Yadi Anyankah 3 years ago +3

    Truly inspiring.

  • Jon Knight
    Jon Knight 3 years ago +261

    This is under rated

    • Garrett
      Garrett 2 years ago

      This is amazing

    • Thomas S.
      Thomas S. 2 years ago +1

      Indifferent of the rating it got.

  • Nick Sbordone
    Nick Sbordone 3 years ago +1

    This philosophy pairs well with determinism. We only do that which we desire, and we can't control our desires. Since we have no free will, the best thing you can do is focus on living well and making the world a better place. Even if you fail, know that you couldn't have done anything differently.

  • Parnesicle
    Parnesicle 3 years ago +22

    John Wooden, the great NCAA basketball coach and author of the Pyramid of Success, summed it up this way: "Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction, in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."

  • Jill Szoo Wilson
    Jill Szoo Wilson 7 months ago +14

    This audience didn’t deserve him. Excellent talk!

    • Octavio Bannach
      Octavio Bannach 15 days ago

      @Bakhytgul I disagree. I followed him since the days he was a little respectable as a philosopher of science. The guy became more and more radical and these days he will say any nonsense that is fashianable. The guy lost all credibility he once had.

    • Bakhytgul
      Bakhytgul Month ago +1

      I know right? He cracked me up several times, but audience stood suspiciously silent. Checked the screen couple of times just to make sure there were people there at all :))

  • Pedro Calvo
    Pedro Calvo Month ago

    Concentrada la exposición, mas un poco rápida. Gracias por el repaso general a la filosofía estoica.

  • Jacob Rackham
    Jacob Rackham Year ago

    The teachings of the great stoics are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. The physical body may have gone but their consciousness never will. That will exist forever and as there is only one consciousness that wisdom is within us all. It’s within every living thing for we are all one. We all come from and will return to the same place.
    Just stop and take a minute to see how all in nature is so intricately connected. 🙏🏼❤️

  • Antonio green
    Antonio green 2 years ago +1

    Awesome speech 👍🏾🙏🏾

  • Aditya Shah
    Aditya Shah Year ago +1

    Thank you for the interesting talk Professor.

  • Thugson
    Thugson 11 months ago +1

    hey can I get any information about Massimo’s comment about St Paul being influenced by Stoicism?
    As someone whose gown up with Catholicism I would love to learn where my potential original ties to stoicism lie.

  • Richard Mell
    Richard Mell 10 months ago

    Stoicism helps attain a clarity of thought, through the darkest times that one will endure through life.

  • Siva Sankaran
    Siva Sankaran 3 years ago

    That's another great video from on stoicism from massimo! But I have to point out one mistake in this video which is that the Idea of "Cosmopolitan" was not first introduced by the stoics but by an Indian Tamil Poet named "Kaniyan Poongundranar" 3000 years ago!

  • Charles Batkin
    Charles Batkin 3 years ago +37

    I think the hard thing is when you look at something no longer under your control, that was, and is out of your control due to your actions.

    • LusitanoDeGema
      LusitanoDeGema 2 years ago +2

      @Karl That means you should have worried about it while you could change it. In the moment you lost control than your stoic mind will clear it out of your head.

    • Karl
      Karl 2 years ago +1

      @friendLi I have a potential example. I say potential as I'm unsure wether or not its fitting. I have my xmas tests in 3 days. I have 3 months worth of work in 7 subjects to have revised over in preperation for these tests. I haven't started yet. So even right now getting excellent results is impossible. But it was possible in the weeks leading up to it. So it went from under my control to the point where, If I went for good grades, its now out of my control. Maybe thats an example? Or another thing could be you started an unstoppable self destruct sequence.

    • Yusif Qalabəyli
      Yusif Qalabəyli 2 years ago

      you only have control over your reason and higher-thinking, until, of course, some virus doesn't take it that from you either. Probably everything else is not under your control.

    • friendLi
      friendLi 2 years ago +3

      Then perhaps it is something that was never truly under your control to begin with. Applying essential stoic philosophy, I can't think of a single example of what you are talking about, to be honest.

  • Elen Czar
    Elen Czar 2 years ago

    Very inspiring !

  • C L X V I I
    C L X V I I 3 years ago +4

    Very condensed and inspiring talk about stoicism! One note, however, the Stoics didn't introduce the term 'Cosmopolitan', that was Diogenes the Cynic

    • Baked Utah
      Baked Utah 3 years ago +1

      And wasn’t it Arianna Of Stassinopoulos who introduced the terms ‘Vogue’, ‘Glamour’, and of course ‘Huffpo’

    • Magister Mortran
      Magister Mortran 3 years ago +1

      And M. Aurelius, an emperor who spent his whole life fighting barbarians and protecting the borders of his empire, would not fulfill the definition of a cosmopolitan.

    • C L X V I I
      C L X V I I 3 years ago

      ​@Jacob Zindel A stoic might say so, but I'm pretty sure a Cynic would have a different view of it. Stocism might have derived from Cynicism, but they are very different also. Stoics might accept Diogenes, but Diogenes would not accept the stoics

    • Jacob Zindel
      Jacob Zindel 3 years ago

      True, but wasn't Diogenes a proto-stoic?

  • newyorkangst
    newyorkangst 2 years ago +5

    Great talk! This is so interesting

  • chinookvalley
    chinookvalley Year ago +2

    To learn true stoicism watch a dog. I rescue dogs, and let me tell you, their calm and brute attitude is often learned from enduring hardship we can only vaguely imagine. Kindness is oft seen as weakness. Foes dominate and bludgeon the weak; strength can opine power. If you want to survive, show strength, whether you have it or not.

  • olsparky wisenheimer
    olsparky wisenheimer 11 months ago

    A quote i discovered after an injury that i've tried to live by every day since..
    "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it"
    Charles R Swindoll

  • Rahul Bohra
    Rahul Bohra Year ago +1

    WOW...one of the best TED Talks ever....

  • narjis bl
    narjis bl 2 years ago +1642

    I felt bad when they didnt laugh at his jokes

    • Aurora Adams
      Aurora Adams 7 months ago

      I think the audience was largely too young to appreciate the jokes, and the insights. "Youth is wasted on the young," (Shaw) Hopefully they will remember enough to make use of this later.

    • Daniel Q
      Daniel Q 7 months ago +1

      they were just testing his character

    • Bartholomew Lyons
      Bartholomew Lyons 8 months ago

      His timing was bad, he gotta work on his stand-up performance instead of all this stoic stuff

    • Rocko Vazquez
      Rocko Vazquez 9 months ago

      @Neverender hahah spoken like a stoic

    • Joseph Coon
      Joseph Coon 10 months ago

      @h. It’s funny that you mention how they don’t want to hear him…I find that he has a penchant for confirmation bias.

  • S G M
    S G M 3 years ago

    Derren Brown - Happy, on audible is an excellent audio book on stoicism. It provides insight into many of the ancient philosophers along with modern ways to integrate stoicism into everyday life. I would highly recommend if anyone is looking for something recent on the topic.

  • Donna. G
    Donna. G 3 years ago +20

    I first learned about Stoicism in 1963 in an introductory Philosophy course. I have put 3 of the cardinal virtues of Stoicism on my side of our tombstone (happily married 53+ years with kids and grandkids). The virtues are: pietas (moral duty), dignitas (honourable behaviour and self-worth), and gravitas (appropriate self-control). These are aspirations to live by. I have found that a pragmatic and modern contextual understanding of the Enchiridion works for me. Jordan Peterson's messages are in essence pragmatic Stoicism, I believe.

    • aadinath korade
      aadinath korade 2 years ago

      Patrick G. Hi

    • TheRisskee
      TheRisskee 3 years ago

      What about Logos? Pietas, Dignitas, and Gravitas are essentially nonexistent without Logos.
      I love that the stoic principles are on your grave marker. For those of us who enjoy a stroll through a graveyard and for the generations to come that might study us in the future, it's important for them to read such things in order to keep philosophy alive.

  • Ian Patrick
    Ian Patrick Year ago +1

    Great summary of Stoicism!

  • Celton Gerilla
    Celton Gerilla 3 years ago +4

    Oh, thank you. This is very helpful. Now, I know that I / we can't really force someone to love you / us. 😇

  • Rex Magnus Del Prado
    Rex Magnus Del Prado 2 years ago +2

    Oh. I've been like this since I was a kid. I never thought that there's a whole philosophy about it.

  • Victor
    Victor 2 years ago +1

    Great talk. My only qualm is, the last point about putting on a different mask to suit your audience. Doesn't this mean you are changing yourself and how you act for each different role and person you are performing in front of? Isn't this what happens when you sell your integrity; you change who you are to appease the audience. This was something we were told not to do earlier in the talk?

    • Edwin Tepue Ndikum
      Edwin Tepue Ndikum Year ago +2

      Hi Victor, in my opinion.
      He was trying to explain that you can be a Doctor and at the end of the day, be a good Dad, Mom, Daughter or Son.
      We all have different masks depending on our jobs. But at the end of the day, we have to serve the masks with Courage,justice, temperance and Wisdom.

  • robert wilkinson
    robert wilkinson 3 years ago

    Listening and seeming to put it into practice. One has to make a single day to purposely make things more difficult than it really is. By doing this, the subconsciousness re-awakens to unite with consciousness and worries become less important.

  • Michael Pottorff
    Michael Pottorff 2 years ago +3

    I’ve been living as a stoic the past year and a half and didn’t know it was called stoicism.

  • Ken Wohleking
    Ken Wohleking 3 years ago +299

    Correction: Spider-man didn’t say “With great power comes great responsibility” ; It was Uncle Ben & Aunt May.

    • Mudassar Mohamad
      Mudassar Mohamad Year ago +1

      Not aunt May, uncle Ben said it. It was parting gift to Peter. So it belongs to Peter Parker the Spider man.

    • Ezekiel’s Prophecy
      Ezekiel’s Prophecy 2 years ago +1

      Ken Wohleking I was looking for this comment 😹

    • Dionak Gamer
      Dionak Gamer 2 years ago

      Ken Wohleking
      “With great responsibility comes great power”

    • Glenn Bramd
      Glenn Bramd 2 years ago

      Wrong. No one in the series says it. The narrator caption box says it

    • Vegan Life Change
      Vegan Life Change 2 years ago +3

      He said it many times after he heard it.

  • T G
    T G 2 years ago +1

    Outstanding. Glad I found this.

  • Protos Telos
    Protos Telos 2 years ago +7

    Good talk, very sensible. Btw, about 80% of this is straight from Buddhism.

    • S R
      S R 2 years ago +4

      Well I would also say it derives 95percent of this from Hinduism. The truth is however, all religions at the end narrows down to these simple understandings and concepts.

  • DZW20
    DZW20 7 months ago

    Just thank u for the energy en wisdom you share