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Buying this book might change your life....I mean it!
on 5 September 2017
This book will change your life if you let it.
I can't remember why I started reading the Stoics; I think it was after I'd read a bit about the Romans in Mary Beard's SPQR. I started with Marcus Aurelius and moved on to Seneca and Epictetus. I don't do them cover to cover, but I dip in and out alot.
Irvine's book is an excellent precis of the main elements of their message. I never was one for crying much, and I've tried to keep the stuff that really bothers me to myself. I'd describe myself as an "inner coward" - dreading the aging process and the deterioration that seems to be coming with it. I've looked into plenty of philosophies - religion, buddhism - to see if there was a fit for me and never quite found it.
And then I ran into these guys.
Want what you have; live a good life; prepare for the end, but don't waste the now; suck it up and remember there are those worse off than you.... the list just goes on. It may not suit you if you enjoy wearing your heart on your sleeve and burdening everyone around you with your problems, but for anyone who even remotely advocates a bit of a "stiff upper lip" this may just be for you.
It's apparent that having studied philosophy for most of his life, Irvine has only just had the revelation I've had. These ancients weren't just talking about it, they were practising a way of life that deals with most of life's ills; and they'd come up with solutions over 2000 years ago!
Irvine steps you through those solutions and guided this fifty year old agnostic coward into a new way of thinking. I just hope I haven't left it too late!