Brevity is my middle name, but my name was TL
- Jan 11, 2020
Basically, it is to be able to handle the things in life outside of our control, to not cling too tightly to things beyond our control nor be overly impacted by them, and to maintain equanmity and balance so that our emotions, thoughts, and opinions control us. It is also to better enjoy life, whether it is going well or not, when it is within one's power to do so. And Stoicism does all this in recognition that we are social animals with reponsibilities to one another for the well-being of all.So my question is this: why live at all as a stoic? What are virtue and moderation and health and peace of mind good for?
I have a hard time understanding this. These are all things that, within a reasonably comfortable life, would be very much assets.
I highly recommend the book The Practicing Stoic by Ward Farnsworth. He lays out what Stoicism is good for and how it can be applied in modern times. He then separates the book into major subjects of life and introduces what Stoics said about each subject, as well as a few outside opinions that relate. One of the chapters is on death, and different ways of considering it. Another is about other people's opinions and how to manage baiting such as insults.
Edit: Oops, I didn't see you were responding to someone, I thought you were genuinely asking, but I see you went back after I posted this comment and edited to show that part of your comment was a quote. My comment here is still good for anyone who's new to Stoicism, like @Lethe.