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Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy founded by Zeno of Citium in Athens in the early 3rd century BC. It is a philosophy of personal ethics informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world.

According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness, or blessedness,

  • is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself,
  • by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or by the fear of pain,
  • by using one’s mind to understand the world and to do one’s part in nature’s plan, and
  • by working together and treating others fairly and justly.
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