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Jun 7Liked by Brittany Polat

Fantastic! I have always thought that, for me, living in accordance with nature is a central concept of Stoicism. Slow living seems to be the art of putting this into practice. I need more slow living!

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Jun 9Liked by Brittany Polat

Excellent, challenging essay! While the cost of living and health care certainly drives some of this craziness, much of it is of our own choosing… our craving for more and more, either of experiences or things. Thank you

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Thank you, Tim! I agree, it's very challenging to put these ideas into practice, but it's nice to have a frame of reference for our actions. Hope you're doing well!

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Jun 7Liked by Brittany Polat

Great piece. In retirement I can more fully live this way. My working life I was able to have moments of slow, but not like now. It would be worth focusing on slow while working, most of the business is unimportant and based on climbing the ladder of supposed success. Enjoy this moment.

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Great article! I’m glad you ended with Seneca talking about going against the crowd (counterculture, as you say). I find this one of the most important themes that run through Seneca’s writings. I think you are right, that Seneca “went with the crowd,” running the Roman hedonic treadmill and it lead to misery. We are lucky he was self aware to realize this and to write about it.

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