Formulating a modern spiritual worldview grounded in Darwinian self-understanding will be such a challenge�one of the great intellectual challenges, I think, of the next few decades.I'm now thinking about how their ideas on stoicism tie in with my own ideas on heightenedsenses. Superficially, they advocate dispassion while I advocate extreme passion—but that superficial take is just that. More deeply, they and I each advocate some flavor of controlled passion.
What exactly do I mean by "spiritual"? My thoughts on that are a little too hazy to lay out concisely. Besides, this posting is starting to show disturbing signs of seriousness. Slate's proprietary gravitas-detecting software is no doubt sounding an alarm in Redmond right now.(Robert Wright)
Ben's statement a few months ago on "focus" and "agility" builds significant bridges across the remaining difference. [wish I could find a link to it! why is Google so bad at indexing livejournal?]
There's one tool I find very effective & therefore important that the stoics don't bother to mention: purposeful sublimation. (However, I suspect stoics actually practice a lot of sublimation, and that our words accidentally overstate our differences.)