LIKE other concepts such as mindfulness, stoicism is unearthed from it’s ancient roots in the Roman stoic philosophers. This being besides the point, it goes to show that awareness after all, is the key to keeping up with a livingness that isn’t easy. Mindfulness also has its roots in awareness as does stoicism (“The simple stoic secret of happiness,” Sept. 29, The Gulf Today).
But the author has made use of good terms and phrases such as “an attitude of calm indifference towards external events”. Isn’t that what successful living is about, if living can be called successful at all? Mastering stoicism would mean living the highest levels of awareness, something that is very evasive and quite out of reach for us mere mortals. But there is no harm in striving to add quality to livingness isn’t it. Ricardo Simões