How to be Stoic in a Crisis

This video by youtuber Einzelgänger is about how to apply the principles of stoicism in a crises, which is very relevant to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus.

1) Working together, playing your part

“We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

2) Doing what you can, accepting what you can’t

“We only control our own actions; we cannot control how people behave, and whether or not they flout the measures necessary to improve the situation.”

3) Adapting to a new situation

“Change and flux constantly remake the world, just as the incessant progression of time remakes eternity. We find ourselves in a river. Which of the things around us should we value when none of them can offer a firm foothold? Like an attachment to a sparrow: we glimpse it and it’s gone.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

Closing quote:

“Work together, do what you can, accept what you can’t, and adapt.”


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