Saturday, March 6, 2021

Stoic ideas - Impermanence




Today, a new feature is being introduced on UU A Way Of Life, called "Stoic ideas." There will be articles periodically describing ideas from stoic philosophy as they pertain to the spiritual life. Today's idea is impermanence.

From the Daily Stoic

 "We should realize that we are all just placeholders, like Marcus. Sure, we might have the fancy office now, but eventually someone else will occupy it. Eventually the business will close up shop too, and they will tear down the building and turn it into a parking lot. Sure, you’re the hot new artist or the trendiest influencer of the moment, but someone younger, someone hungrier is coming right behind you. Fortunes tend to last no more than a couple generations, so yeah, you’re rich now but in a couple years it will all be gone.

That’s just life. We are all ephemeral in the big picture. It’s not that knowing this makes everything worthless, it just means nothing is worth inflating your ego about at the expense of the things that truly matter. Nothing justifies thinking you are better or more important than other people.

We are all just passing through… but what we do, who we strive to be, can echo in eternity.

—from "Are You Really That Special?"


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