Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The first time I heard the word 'Stoa' it was architect-speak when they planned a shopping mall across the street from my house. It turned out to be an open-air bicycle shed. The second time it was used to indicate a group of philosophers, now I was interested. That was 4 years ago and I am still interested. Well, it changed my life actually. Relying on the infallible system of wisdom that I call hindsight, I am glad that I found New Stoa immediately. I think I would otherwise still be wandering about amongst obscure new-age like groups and reading all those American self-help books. Stoicism is my cup of tea because it is concise, wise and exact. I have heard it described as 'tough'. But as confusion, disorder and chaos is the alternative, I choose tough.
Stoicism is in my view not a getting rid of things, the emotions we are accused of trying to discard, but replacing them with better ones i.e. pleasure, fear and desire for joy, caution and well-wishing.
Putting Stoicism into practice is hard, and together with my studies I wish this will last me a lifetime.