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Curl Brogo

Brogo Sucks It Up Stoic Style

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Yup. Last challenge I practiced mindfulness. And it led me back to Stoicism which I'd been half-assedly practicing all year. Now is a good time to rekindle my philosophical side and put it into practice.

 

For a refresher, the core stance of Stoicism is that to achieve a virtuous flourishing life, eudaimonia in Greek, a person should live in harmony with nature. This doesn't mean living in the woods alone or something like that, but to align one's thoughts and actions with the nature of the world, one's circumstances, and human nature itself. Along with this comes understanding what one can and cannot control, and either accepting what one cannot, and controlling or changing what one can. The Stoics suggest practicing poverty (going without luxuries or conveniences, or enduring temporary hardships) to help one appreciate what one has.

 

Practicing Poverty, Diet: Lately I've been eating very sparingly and at least I'm closing in on 250 lbs., whereas after the Holidays I was 270+. I'm pretty much living on my weekly imperfect produce box, fish, tofu, soymilk, and bananas. I eat two bananas and two soymilk lattes while at work. Then veggies, fruit, and fish or tofu for dinner. I'm probably getting less than 2000 cals a day, and I'm tired as hell, and not sleeping well, and sometimes I'm foggy brained... but other times I have tons of energy and feel good...

 

Basically, this is hard, but since I'm losing the weight, I'm going to suck it up and take it as far as I can for now.

 

Enduring Hardship, Exercise:  3 workouts per week. I'm doing Tabata Kettlebell HIIT, and bodyweight strength training, mostly dips and chinups.

 

The stoics also believed that as social and rational animals people should be active participants in their communities. This includes politics, volunteer work, and just helping others and being a good person.

 

Community Participation 1: Activism

 

Firstly, I made a New Year's Resolution to be more honest about my political beliefs (Democratic Socialism) and to do more work to put them into action (educating people about Democratic socialism (i.e. we're not commies, quit freaking out), and advocating for universal healthcare etc.). Those of you who are FB friends of mine have probably noticed this if you get updates on my activity regularly.

 

I hate confrontations, especially when they are driven by politically motivated anger. Engaging in online debates has been a good place to start practicing standing up for what I believe in while maintaining a level head and making rational, informed rebuttals while bearing insults and angry rhetoric. I'm also learning more about other people's perspectives. This is something I'd recommend everyone practice regardless what you believe in or stand for. Soon enough, I know these debates will start happening in real life and face to face as well, and I hope to be able to survive them with decent, civil composure.

 

Community Participation 2: Self Education and Reasoning

 

I've also taken it upon myself to read major texts in economics to better understand the economic and financial systems that shape our world in the present. I'm starting with Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations." I'll also be taking notes and journaling my thoughts on what these texts are about and what I think is right/wrong.

 

Community Participation 3: Volunteer

 

I need to find a volunteer activity. I think I'm gonna fill out an application to work at the hospital nearby, or failing that, find some other way to do good works in my community.

 

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12 hours ago, Curl Brogo said:

standing up for what I believe in while maintaining a level head and making rational, informed rebuttals while bearing insults and angry rhetoric. I'm also learning more about other people's perspectives.

 

This is literally one of my top goals for my students. Learn to speak up for what you believe without being a jerk while realizing some people are going to be jerks and how to deal with that. I also teach them that some of our beliefs will be solid and uncompromising, whereas others may change as we mature and has we gain more experience and knowledge, and that's okay, too. This is why we listen and pay attention to the beliefs of others, even if they're being jerks, because there may be some truth to what they're saying.

 

Your challenge looks great, buddy. While I wouldn't call myself a stoic by any stretch, there is a lot of wisdom there, especially in Marcus Aurelius's Meditations and the writings of Seneca. Let me know if I can help in any way.

 

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(realized my phone autocorrected "meditations" to "medications")
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Hm. That reads like your epic goal is to be a good person, good for you! Very good. 

Since we're getting political, having no universal healthcare has always seemed so.. 'third world country' to me. 

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On 2/9/2019 at 10:28 AM, Sloth the Enduring said:

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Pretty much. Though one of my goals is to show people that socialism is huge spectrum and does not equate to Stalinism-Maoism. And, that social programs are not incompatible with free markets.

 

On 2/9/2019 at 4:45 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

Following.

It took me a long time to find a political meme I felt safe posting.

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That's how I got sucked into this. I posted a meme and someone jumped on it and got angry when I disagreed.

 

On 2/9/2019 at 6:47 PM, KB Girl said:

Hm. That reads like your epic goal is to be a good person, good for you! Very good. 

Since we're getting political, having no universal healthcare has always seemed so.. 'third world country' to me. 

 

Yeah. It's dumb. We're all paying for it anyway, but once you suggest using tax money instead of paying insurance premiums and letting everyone use it you're a commie.

 

9 hours ago, raptron said:

Yes. Get it.

 

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Practicing Poverty: poor people eat at Burger King right?

Ugh. Regretted that double whopper as soon as I started walking away from the booth. FML. As soon as I put a goal in writing I violate it. I got bananas and soymilk so I can make my regular breakfast and lunch so I don't cave in to stupidity again for the rest of the week.

 

That mistake at least made me step it up once I got home.

 

Enduring Hardship:

Tabata Kettlebells swings: 30W/60R, 1x36 lbs, 10 sets (16-17 reps)

Kettlebell complex: 2x36lbs. 5x(swing, front squat, and press)

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On 2/8/2019 at 7:33 PM, Curl Brogo said:

Community Participation 3: Volunteer

 

I need to find a volunteer activity. I think I'm gonna fill out an application to work at the hospital nearby, or failing that, find some other way to do good works in my community.

 

I did this a few months ago, and I heartily recommend it. I looked for an organisation that was openly working to further a cause I believe in and care about, and signed up to volunteer. Last challenge period, attending volunteer events was one of my goals, and I have another one coming up next week. We go to the state capitol and tell legislators what we want them to care about and why they should help our cause. It's surprisingly fulfilling and fun. :) 

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