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The Daily Stoic

How Marcus Aurelius Became Marcus Aurelius

Sun Jun 09 2024
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Description

This episode explores the topics of Wondery Plus, Progressive Insurance, awe-inspiring deeds of ancestors and heroes, becoming our ultimate best self, and the Greek training of Marcus Aurelius. It also delves into the Stoic ideal of love and wisdom.

Insights

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Progressive Insurance provides easy auto insurance quotes with potential savings.

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Stoics were awed by the courageous and just deeds of their ancestors and heroes.

Examples include Regulus, Ogripanist, Rutilius Rufus, Cato, and Marcus Aurelius.

We should strive to become our ultimate best self and positively impact others.

The new book 'Right Thing Right Now' offers guidance on achieving greatness.

Marcus Aurelius received advanced education in Greek philosophy from a young age.

He embraced the dress and lifestyle of a philosopher, studying under various tutors.

Stoicism emphasizes the value of healthy emotions, particularly love or natural affection.

To love someone is to wish for their flourishing and acquisition of virtue.

Chapters

  1. Wondery Plus and Progressive Insurance
  2. The Awe-Inspiring Deeds of Ancestors and Heroes
  3. Becoming Our Ultimate Best Self
  4. The Greek Training of Marcus Aurelius
  5. The Stoic Ideal of Love and Wisdom
Summary
Transcript

Wondery Plus and Progressive Insurance

00:00 - 01:13

  • Wondery plus subscribers can listen to the Daily Stoke early and add free right now.
  • Progressive Insurance offers auto insurance quotes that can be done easily from your phone, with potential savings of nearly $700 on average.
  • Join over 29 million drivers who trust Progressive for their car insurance.

The Awe-Inspiring Deeds of Ancestors and Heroes

02:17 - 03:27

  • The Stoics were awed by the courageous and just deeds of their ancestors and heroes.
  • Examples include Regulus keeping his word even at the cost of his own life, Ogripanist defying Nero, Rutilius Rufus resisting corruption, Cato choosing death over subservience to Caesar, and Marcus Aurelius sharing power with his stepbrother.
  • We should study these examples and strive to be better.

Becoming Our Ultimate Best Self

03:49 - 04:34

  • The Stoic idea of human nature is about expressing the very best in our development.
  • We should aim to positively impact the people and world around us, following the examples of great individuals like Gandhi, Sojourner Truth, and Marcus Aurelius.
  • Pre-order the new book 'Right Thing Right Now' to learn how to do great things.

The Greek Training of Marcus Aurelius

07:32 - 08:50

  • Marcus Aurelius received advanced education in Greek philosophy from a young age.
  • He studied under various tutors, including Apollonius of Calcadon, who taught Stoicism in Rome.
  • Marcus adopted the dress and lifestyle of a philosopher, embracing voluntary hardships and plain speaking.

The Stoic Ideal of Love and Wisdom

21:56 - 22:21

  • Stoicism emphasizes the value of healthy emotions, particularly love or natural affection.
  • To love someone is to wish for their flourishing and acquisition of virtue.
  • Marcus admired the equanimity and natural affection of the Stoics.
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