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S2 E16: The Stoic Warrior - Analyzing Conflict in Modern Times


Images of buildings reduced to rubble, lives ruined, and devastated families seem to regrettably flood our screens as conflict wages across the world. Armed conflict is nothing new to society, and many Stoics have historically been participants in these events. Marcus Aurelius was one of the best military commanders the Roman Empire saw, and he wrote much of Meditations while planning for or actively on the battlefield.


However, as militaries worldwide preach Stoic values to their soldiers while hurting "enemy" countries and civilians alike, an important distinction must be made about the Stoic warrior: war is a last resort. Join us this week as we discuss how Stoics have viewed war throughout history, some criteria that would call a Stoic to fight, and how we can use these lessons to resolve current conflicts peacefully.

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