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Very useful, 12 Oct. 2014
This book is very useful for readers who are interested in getting a nuanced picture of Stoicism. The scope is not solely academic, but also testimonies of people who have successfully managed to incorporate this philosophy into their daily life (a.o. medical professionals, but also parents, a teacher and a mayor).
Especially the testimony of Helen Rudd touched me. She was brain damaged in a car accident and was in a coma for three weeks. Later on she got severely depressed when she realized how much the accident had diminished her bodily functions. Thanks to Stoicism she regained her zest for life and now she makes the best of her days.
Uninitiated can have certain misconceptions about this philosophy and that’s why it’s important that a few things are refuted. Donald Robertson wrote an important chapter that everyone should read: ‘Stoics are not unemotional!’. Also the last chapter is not to be missed: three main Star Trek characters are used to show the importance of the equilibrium between reason (i.e. logic) and emotions, and the possible actions that result therefrom.