Stoicism | The Power Of Indifference (animated)

Stoicism | The Power Of Indifference (animated)


Emperor Marcus Aurelius was the most powerful
man on earth. He commanded an army that was feared in all
corners of the known world. And if he wanted he could have sex with any
woman he desires and be drunk and partying for the rest of his life. It’s quite difficult to imagine absolute
power. Many powerful people in the past and the present
cannot handle power. They become corrupt. Slaves of their greed and
hunger for more. But Marcus Aurelius was different. He was the emperor of Rome and very conscious
of the fact that momentary pleasure was available to him without limits. As opposed to his son Commodus, he turned
away from orgies, excessive use of alcohol and the sadistic sick scences in the colosseum
where the Roman elite went for entertainment. He wrote about his determination and struggle
with himself in his memoirs that were never meant to be published, called Meditations. Meditations became a key work of a more than
2000 years old philosophical school called Stoicism. The Stoics observed that from the human perspective
two categories can be distinguished: things that we do not control and things we do control. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus starts his
work the Enchiridion with the fundamental tenet of Stoicism, which is that most things
are simply not up to us. Think about exterior things like our friends,
our colleagues, our intimate partners, the economy, the number of likes on Facebook,
things that politicians say or the deterioration of our bodies. Yes we can influence these matters. But even if we do everything right: the economy
can still collapse, our money can be taken from us and our intimate partners can cheat
or die. At the end of the day there is nothing we
can do to exclude misfortune. This sounds depressing and pessimistic, but
don’t worry: there are still aspects of our life that are up to us. According to Epictetus these aspects are:
our opinions, our own actions or, in other words, the position we take towards the world
around us. According to Epictetus, we should focus on the things
within our control and have a contempt for the things not in our control. Someone who is severely ill doesn’t have
control over his or her disease. We can mitigate the symptoms or use healing
techniques hoping that the patient recovers, but the results are not up to us. Nevertheless, this person can decide which position he or she takes in regards to the situation When the sickness is fully accepted, and the
possibility of death as well, a human being can reach a state of inner peace. (by the way, this is not medical advice. It’s philosophy) Also, a calm mind can act in a logical and
rational way and probably makes better life choices which might increase the chance of
recovery. Stoic ethics consist of different values. I haven’t discovered a solid formula which
contains these values like some kind of ten commandments, but I did discover that Stoicism
points to life in accordance with nature. Nature refers to the greater whole and our
role in it as human beings. From our innate potential we have to act for
the benefit of the whole. We shouldn’t act against the natural course
of things but embrace it. In opposition to what some believe, Stoics
are not beings without emotion. They see emotion as a human characteristic
that can be trumped by reason. Because it’s not the emotion itself that
decides our mood but the position we take towards that emotion. This way of thinking is quite therapeutic
because it doesn’t only make you more aware of your emotions, but you can see view them
as sensation that come and go like the waves of the ocean. This way you won’t get overwhelmed by them. Modern Stoics focus themselves on a number
of exercises to reach inner peace, like the praemeditatio malorum, or, the negative visualization. Marcus Aurelius was confronted daily with
all sorts of people who weren’t very nice to deal with. By starting the day with a negative visualization
he mentally prepared himself for these confrontations. He told himself: “Today I shall be meeting with interference,
ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the
offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil.” A Stoic often reminds himself that life is
temporary which is called memento mori (remember that you will die), so he won’t waste time
on trivial things and, and that’s my own twist, don’t take life too serious either. Another exercise is called “the view from
above” that makes us see ourselves from a cosmic view point, so we realize how small
and unimportant we are compared to the vastness of the universe. That indifference is a power, the Stoics know
very well. Life is short and that’s why it’s important
to point our life energy towards essential and important things, and leave unimportant
things be. Especially in the current age Stoicism can
be a valuable instrument to give our lives guidance, so we don’t drown in a sea of
stimuli and distractions. Thank you for watching.

100 comments on “Stoicism | The Power Of Indifference (animated)

  1. Einzelgänger Post author

    Hi! This was the opening video of a growing collection of Stoicism content. Check out the Stoicism playlist for more: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDVYjnosumiCf_QywoC8AAyowGym6b6-j

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  2. E3ECO Post author

    I'm pretty sure my grandma knew this. She had a plaque that read: "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Apparently Reinhold Niebuhr was a stoic.

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  3. Petter Warr Post author

    I always think of the possibilities we can take. Its just hard to grasp the path that is created for us.
    I believe in math. The universe is math. Every molecule in our bodies will have an start and an end. That's just how it is for us humans. 1+1= 2. That is the fundamental rule in the universe.

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  4. 986C Post author

    Don’t take this crap too far. I work with a guy who has watched a few too many of these and has incorporated stoicism into his life. He comes across as someone with a disorder and people think he is a joke. Don’t take all of this too literally. People will never follow or respect an emotionless robot. Trust me.

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  5. Amy I. Post author

    It took many trials and hard experiences to realize that I have no control. The next step is accepting them and processing events as neither good or bad. They just are.

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  6. DonalD MagneSS Post author

    Pretty cool …i know all those fuckers ….the thing about sickness is …sorta off …now doctors are not doctors they are into occult obscurity , example …a person has evolved genetics …you do not infect them to get a cure elsewhere …and that is what they are currently doing …and sickness caused by ill will scum is not exactly any kind of way to enlightenment …the stupid cultists practice that insanity …also military idiots ..push them to death by attacking them then they will kick in some extra powers 😨….no that is just death and slavery ….the enlightenment is reached naturally and each one of enlightenment can pick and choose who to teach so masses of dead cultists dwell amongst you all and prevent teachings right now about all immortality as reality because they will not be on TOP ….their rank becomes obscure and they panic like fucking little diabolical twerps ….so no i currently am curing myself of staph ….i am the zenith of the EU GENE …but apparently nobody but cultist doctors know what that is but like fucking ghouls they surround the enlightened and infect then take samples blood so forth ……but that is a pathetic thief and a very temporary fix ……it is the words and open mind to hear and comprehend that will know of immortal mysteries …..and the only thing stopping any of you now ,from knowing is, air and fear …and we dont leave masses behind fool …your fucking idiot rich in money leave you your fowl doctors leave you your politicians leave you ….we stay off more than nirvana…to lift mankind …you men need a leader …or leaders …but you have none …you have chaos ….who is your leader …who is in charge that speaks for you all ? …..you need to answer real questions on your side …for even if an alien landed. …who is in charge …who is your leader …who represents mankind on tbis earth ??? ….you have to have true order to hear words of immortality …not bickering not bitching not im a tough guy i shoot guns ..all that pride demon shit must be vanquished …and that is your first step to enlightenment ..DeuS

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  7. MultiCommissar Post author

    Stoicism gives tremendous power and drive for men when practiced. We built civilisation through being rational and deliberate, not from being emotional and whimsical.

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  8. Gianny Ferrari Post author

    I needed more reasons to not study for a test, Now i can procrastinate in peace once again. Bless you all

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  9. Nick Post author

    Perhaps a good outlook for dealing with personal issues, seems like it wouldn't be good for improving the world though.

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  10. Ken W Post author

    "…All of them to the offenders' ignorance of what is good and evil"
    Good meditative quote. Makes me wonder why I should even react to that ignorance because that ignorance is not my fault in the first place. The offender chose that ignorance based on what the offender prefers. Why should I be affected by what another prefers?
    Only exception is if that offender becomes some stimulus against what I prefer.
    Other than that, why give a damn to react?

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  11. Ricky Bobby Post author

    First impression: all well and good on an even keel. The illusion of control breaks down as things get serious. We all want to keep cool under pressure. It's just not that simple.

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  12. Nature's Finest Post author

    I found this thinking awhile ago…I didnt know it was an entire philosophy until about a half a year after conclusion and thoughts on it. It has helped me with my life in a lot of ways, though i do struggle, and allows me to be more at peace.

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  13. bigboiarmyant 7 Post author

    Psa to Rick and Morty fans ; you aren't a stoic you are an asshole who thinks he's a ""tortured genius""

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  14. VZ_ 342 Post author

    One of the few books I would take with me if I were to be stranded on a deserted island…”Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius.

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  15. Shelby Lynn Post author

    Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference 🌱

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  16. Flashy Backies Post author

    I live everyday knowing that I'm getting closer to the end, but also closer to my goal, whatever that may be.

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  17. Bob Gatewood Post author

    The world is what it is and it'll respond according to its laws and its current situation, a method that fails to deliver is one which's model doesnt faithfully represent reality.

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  18. Reanetse Moleleki Post author

    There's a difference between not giving a fuck and not being able to give a fuck. Most of us aren't stoics we're just depressed.

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  19. Murlynd 73 Post author

    I do believe you are bastardizing this. Stoicism was created to achieve goals. Our whole military philosophy is based on it. I didn't see any of this included in your playlist.

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  20. Richard Wallace Post author

    Believe you me when I say this, and actually listen. Commoners, regardless of what century it is, have no reason to implement stoicism in their lives. You mean to tell me that common folk have seen as much as a Roman emperor to the point that they need to fix their own existential dread by making up some twisted remedy about accepting things as they are? Give me a freaking break.

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  21. Two5 Arts Post author

    Yes , spend time on important things….do as this english man says ……the most important thing this basterds did is licking their queens ass and kings balls for centuries and now they r rich….we should all hv do it

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  22. Aivaras Post author

    This video is so hard to watch. First and foremost the animations are slow and distracting, the narrator focuses on himself (using I or me) rather than the story. The whole text is short and ill-reaserched, so empty sentences are implemented to compensate, also, a distracting element.
    It's a shame as the topic is really interesting and this may have had even larger potential.

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  23. M S Post author

    I'm indifferent to how everything is already meaningless and useless – and then I'll turn to dust just like an emperor to confirm it.

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  24. Dark Star King Post author

    Sometimes i watch videos of kids with cancer or disabilities. It really helps put my stupid small problems into perspective. If you have all your limbs and arnt deathly ill then you are lucky. You probably have family that loves you too.

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  25. the most beautiful person in the world Post author

    You’re not rich when you have a lot of money, the more intelligent you are the more rich you are, especially if you use your intelligence to your advantage.

    -T.oza

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  26. C4ro Post author

    Oh god those philosophers were arrogant and pretentious. I can appreciate not worrying about things you can't control, but this says to have "contempt" for those things and what's up with the exercises? Remember that you will die and each morning think about all the stupid people you will meet today? What about getting over your bruised ego and Go out there and meet those people with respect. You might learn something about their struggles.

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  27. John Doe Post author

    LMAO look at this dude trying to deify a white emperor that enslaved millions of africans. Get over your racism, you white piece of sh!t.

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  28. Simco Doublavix Post author

    The sjw projects the suffering of a few onto the entire population. The stoic won't feel it no matter how much you scream and complain.

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  29. Mr J Post author

    We're constantly torn between action and inaction, to wait and let a situation unfold, not interrupting your enemy making mistakes, or not acting soon enough and preventing the enemies mistake(s) from dragging you down with them (look to California, and Europe for examples of inaction). Stoicism gives us the morally and intellectually balanced approach to solving the problem with the least amount of backfire.

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  30. Jeff Blunte Post author

    American here- Been struggling with depression and anxiety ever since the rise of our orange clown president. This video helps. Thank you

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  31. Prince Kalender Post author

    How would you pair indifference with caring? I'm starting to feel that too much indifference leaves you numb sometimes, but caring too much leaves you wondering about outcomes you can't control :/

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  32. walter kersting Post author

    Begin the day by eating a toad; the rest of the day will be much better by comparison.
    -Mark Twain

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  33. Michael Ricketson Post author

    Lots of good concepts in this philosophy, but I don't agree that we are small and unimportant. Conscious life appears to be rare in the universe. Puzzling over our own self awareness is a source of endless fascination.

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  34. Hugh Jones Post author

    [Verse 1]

    I will light the match this morning so I won't be alone

    Watch as she lies silent for soon night will be gone

    Oh, I will stand arms outstretched. Pretend I'm free to roam

    Oh, I will make my way through one more day in hell

    [Chorus]

    How much difference does it make?

    How much difference does it make?

    [Verse 2]

    I will hold the candle 'til it burns up my arm

    Oh, I'll keep taking punches until their will grows tired

    Oh, I will stare the sun down until my eyes go blind

    Hey, I won't change direction and I won't change my mind

    [Chorus]

    How much difference does it make?

    Mmm how much difference does it make?

    [Verse 3]

    I'll swallow poison until I grow immune

    I will scream my lungs out 'til it fills this room

    [Chorus]

    How much difference

    How much difference

    How much difference does it make?

    How much difference does it make?

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  35. Ferdinand Vardas Post author

    Looks like I've been moderately stoic.
    Have often found myself stating memento mori, & it'll all be over soon enough may as well get back to living.

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  36. Stagger Lee Post author

    After Marcus' son murdered him he ruled for seventeen years (and never fought in the arena). Marcus' long term mistress poisoned the son and ended the rule of the son who had survived by bribing the army.

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  37. Zubair Siddiqui Post author

    Stoicism is a philosophical theory of life in this world. How a person want to remain at peace in this world. But what after death there is another life which never end has no end limitless . . stoicism do not talk about it but Islam does. So follow Islam ultimate peace in this world and hereafter

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  38. Kevin Moore Post author

    Although this isn't an issue currently, thanks to medical treatments, as stated, I have a recurrent brain tumor that, if left untreated, would be fatal. I've gone down all the other paths of thinking, etc. however, I've found this way of thinking, accepting whatever comes, and doing whatever I can to steer it in a direction that I favor to be the most effective, and preferable. Your videos have definitely helped me in the sense of providing me with a way of thinking in a positive manner, but to not expect anything from the situation at hand. Liked, and subbed to your channel. Thanks for putting these vids out.

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