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STOIC POETRY | The Stoic Life

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

September 21, 2019

Dear Eric,

Equanimity is the only reward worth pursuing - though we can never gain this treasure by pursuit, less still may we hold such balance through the gross accumulation of resources or security. We must daily, hourly, and even by the minute "walk abreast our days" and treasure only the preservation and execution of our own keen reason, our own sound justice, and an honest assessment and acceptance of what is - and what is not - within the scope of our own control. Never settle for externals - though do not disregard these as altogether unimportant. Dress, behave and live in accordance with a willful expression of the principles we strive to develop, maintain and execute. For our living will go better if we both behave and appear as a reflection and instantiation of what we hold is true.

Never for a moment sacrifice The Good Life for any less worthy living; though it may dress you in rags, and draw your name through the mud, and leave you alone and dead and utterly forgotten. Carry always rather the enactment of your sound objectives and principles through each moment of life - never sacrificing these for less better gains than the mere sustenance of virtue.

Choose always to die today at peace - without peace being the thing you seek.


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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