I will be away for two weeks. You might wish to consider the following:
How To construct a Firewall around your Citadel of Serenity?
The Stoics constructed a firewall to deflect the assailants to their citadel of serenity.
What are these assailants? We know them too well, some of us more than others do.
What are the metal sheets the Stoics used for their firewall around their citadel of serenity ?
What do you think?
Striving towards aequanimitas,
John Mary Meagher
Who are The Stoics?
Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in the early 3rd century BC (approx 300 BC) in ancient Athens, Greece by a philosopher of the name “Zeno of Citium”. The Stoics taught that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment, and that a sage, or person of “moral and intellectual perfection”, would not suffer such emotions. Stoicism itself teaches self-control and detachment from distracting emotions, sometimes interpreted as an indifference to pleasure or pain. Stoics believe that this allows one to be a clearer thinker, level-headed and unbiased. In practice, Stoicism is intended to impart to an individual the qualities of virtue, wisdom, and integrity of character. It is said to be one of the most important and enduring philosophies to emerge from the Greek and Roman world, and heavily influenced Christianity among other schools of thought and religion. Stoics denied Plato’s and Aristotle’s point of view which at the time was widely regarded as fact. Counter to Plato’s and Aristotle’s position that the soul has both rational and irrational faculties, they argued that the soul is unified and that all the faculties are rational. From this vantage point, they concluded that people’s passions are the result of errors in judgement rather than any innate irrational faculty.
Compiled from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism (retrieved January 20th, 2015)
- Your Theory of Error Matters
- Meditate on death to live more fully.
- Tolstoy’s Ivan Illyich asks, “how have I lived?” A Cautionary Tale.
- Ivan Illyich’s Doctors treat his disease but neglect him.
- The Elephant in the Dark House
- “Needless” Mr. Lemond’s reflection on end of life gasping for breath.
- We see what we expect to see.
- The ageless conquest of oneself
- The Inner Game of Golf- of Medicine
- What advice would you give to a medical student?
- “That was a curious incident – the corneal abrasion did not pain.
- Poems to jolt when humanity has flat-lined in the hosptial
- Heard at a Journal Club On “the Difficult Encounter”
- Brochure for upcoming CME event: Staying Tuned La Malbaie, May 8th, 2016
- Staying Tuned CME May 8th at La Malbaie QC
- Percocet (oxycodone): This White Collar Heroin is a dog collar. Who will escape?
- Is Cynicism pernicious to your health?
- Should the privileged get privileged care?
- Antoine Saint de Exupery (or The Carpenter and his Block of Wood)
- Heartsink is a better term than Difficult Patient?
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