On May 5th, 2024, we will be meeting in the Don Carlos I park in Caldas da Rainha for a potluck. 

Our text for the day will be from this blog article by David Cain called, “When All Moments Have Equal Value“. 

Please read the post before our meeting.

The article aligns with several key Stoic principles:

  1. Focusing on what is within your control (your thoughts, actions, and responses) rather than external circumstances.
  2. Viewing challenges and adversity as opportunities for growth and character development.
  3. Living in harmony with nature by accepting all moments as they come. 
  4. Practicing virtues like patience, kindness, rationality, and fortitude in daily life.

Discussion Questions

  • What are some everyday situations where it is challenging to accept what is beyond our control? How can we cultivate a Stoic mindset in these situations?
  • The article mentions “practicing patience, rationality, and fortitude” in response to life’s moments. Can you share examples of how you have practiced these virtues in your daily life?
  • How can we distinguish between what is within our control and what is not, especially in complex situations where the lines may seem blurred?
  • The article suggests that unpleasant moments can be just as valuable as pleasant ones for practicing virtuous responses. Have you found this to be true in your own life? Can you share an example?
  • In what ways can we apply the idea of “embracing all moments” to our relationships with others, especially when conflicts or disagreements arise?
  • How can the practice of equanimity and resilience help us navigate challenging or stressful situations at work or in our personal lives?
  • The article mentions that living in harmony with nature is a superior approach to pursuing happiness. What does this mean to you, and how can we cultivate this mindset in our modern, urban lives?
  • The author admits he still struggles some days to embrace each moment as a practice. What obstacles tend to pull us into discounting or resenting certain moments? How can we overcome those tendencies?
  • Is it realistic or even desirable to treat ALL moments as equal? Are there any limitations to this approach? How can we balance acceptance with a drive to improve our circumstances?
  • What role do you think emotions play in Stoicism? Is it about eliminating emotions or redirecting them more skillfully?