Stoicism and other Life Philosophies
Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:18 pm
At various points people have accused me of practicing Stoic silence or having a Stoic demeanor. Yes, it's true, I'm unphased by the bullshit of life but that is mostly due to the fact that I don't give a fuck. That is one my signature catch phrases: "I don't give a fuck." At times when it is not appropriate to swear in public and I am forced to give a minor fuck, I vary it to reflect the situation: "I don't give a shit."
Earlier in life, I gave too much of a fuck and was giving fucks out like Tootsie Rolls outside a dentist office. I was operating on a deficit of fucks and had to say "no, these fucks are mine and I will not share them with anyone." Now, I have a surplus or abundance of fucks to give but I will continue hoarding them until I determine it is appropriate to dole them out.
But I digress.
I've browsed through most of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism]the wikipedia page on stoicism[/i] and do have to admit, some of the stuff makes sense. But it seems so obvious and easy. I've dabbled in Buddhism but the people I have met that identify as Buddhist still seem very flawed and appear to mostly unhappy with their lives.
It seems to me that most of the followers these schools of thought and/or religion pick and choose what they want to work for them, all while ignoring the most fundamental tenement of their beliefs: love. I may have only done a brief audit of the popular religions but did find parallels and overlap with all of them and the recurring them seemed to be love.
So when I say "I don't give a fuck", it's a loaded statement. I don't give a fuck about your new shoes or your phone or whatever inane bullshit your posted on your Facebook or Instagram. I do give a fuck about you being a human being and us existing on this planet together and want our shared experience to be as fucking awesome as it can be.