Some two thousand years ago, a teacher, a playwright and an emperor asked:
What is the best way to live?
How can we deal with the difficult situations we face?
What does it take to improve our minds?
Their answers are the heart of Stoic philosophy. We in schools can use their insights on the mind, on adversity and on practice to help our pupils shape their thought patterns.
Here is a rough overview of what we teach our pupils about staying stoical at Michaela:
“Some things are under our control, some are not. We are responsible for what is in our power to control: our mind and its perceptions. The chief task in life is simply this: to identify which externals are not under our control, and which are the choices we actually control. We control our opinion, choice, attachment, aversion. It is learning to separate the things that…
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