Otto Lehto's Reviews > Meditations
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Otto Lehto's review
Dec 23, 2017
Meditations is a deserved classic of ancient Stoic wisdom. The book is a high-brow self-help tome from the pinnacle of the Roman political pyramid. It contains useful guidance for the everyday practice of the virtues of magnanimity and equanimity that promise to allow man to be calm and sociable but also independent of the chaos of natural transformation and of social pressure. That, anyway, is the theory. Whether it works for you depends on your capacity to reprogram yourself by accepting the dubious metaphysics and ethics of Stoicism. Fans of Buddhism will find a lot to like in its doctrine of acceptance, but critics of quietism may want to rebel. At any rate, whatever may be the flaws of the Stoic philosophy, and however impracticable some of its practical wisdom, these meditations are an admirably lucid and well-argued presentation of its core doctrines. The result is a soothing advertisement for that ancient balsam for the aching soul.
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