Wow. I just got a short education on stoicism. I consider myself to be stoic, but after reading your article, I need to find a better word to describe myself. I’m not into subjecting myself to pain or suffering like the people you describe here.

I don’t believe we must subject ourselves to suffering. I do believe that happiness is a decision that we make, every minute, every hour, every day — for months and years on end — if we want to be happy.

I do appreciate the perspective you bring here. I have a better sense now of what people in Silicon Valley are doing with their brains.


Husband, father, worker, philosopher, and observer. Plumbing the depths of consciousness to find the spring of happiness. Write on.

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