Epictetus and His Very Minimalist Perspective on Conversation

two guysEpictetus (55-135 C.E.) was a quite a notable stoic philosopher. One of his students wrote two works which sum up his perspective on stoic ethics: the Discourses and the Manual.  

In a passage from chapter 33 of the Manual we definitely see that the Stoics embrace the concept of “less is more”:

And let silence be the general rule, or let only what is necessary be said, and in few words. And rarely and when the occasion calls we shall say something; but about none of the common subjects,

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Minimize Your Expectations

a beautiful skyI think it is safe to say that we have all felt like we have gotten the short end of the stick at least once if not several times in our lives. You might have lost your job, lost a lot of money or for whatever reason, you might just be having a bad day. Chances are, life probably has a few more of its proverbial curve balls in store for you.

However, what if you minimized your expectations a little so you could be more content or a least … [Read More]

A Lifestyle or a Life Philosophy?

pond in Central ParkAs I try to learn more about minimalism, one of the things that I wanted to clarify was if the term “minimalism” should be categorized as a “life philosophy”, or as a “lifestyle”.

You might think that this is a pointless question to ask yourself but there is a distinction to be made between a lifestyle and a philosophy and defining minimalism as one or the other changes things dramatically. (Well at least for me)

First let’s try to define these two terms as simply as possible:

  • A lifestyle is
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Are You Too Attached to your Possessions?

Blue polo shirtGetting rid of your possessions can seem like a daunting task. However, it is a step that must be taken if you wish to simplify your life and start your journey toward minimalism. Over the years we have all accumulated large quantities of stuff and we have stored these objects somewhere in our homes just in case we needed them again or simply because we felt attached to them and didn’t want to let these things go. Next thing you know, that stuff you stored a short while ago has … [Read More]