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Friday, March 25

The Ascetics of Metropolitan Stoicism

MetroStoics practice the ancient arts of the Askesis via blogging. As in buddhism, these spiritual exercises kept the Ancients free of pain and suffering by teaching them not to be ruled by emotions or desire.Z3n0 MetroStoics blog to be free of pain. To be free of pain, one must be free of desire. MetroStoics do not desire hits or links, but only to practice the Askesis within the bLogos, the animating principle of the Blogosphere. The MetroStoic Askesis include Socratic dialogue via commenting, regular contemplation of philosophical questions such as the nature of jobs and boredom, attention to the present moment in the search for posting material, daily reflections on the problems and solutions of life. The aim of MetroStoics is not to extinguish emotions, but to live in accordance with the four cardinal virtues of Wit, Fearless Self-Exposure, Openmindedness, and Restraint, so as not to be ruled by emotions. MetroStoics believe that all bloggers are manifestations of the bLogos, and that external differences such as TTLB rank, number of hits or links, or slickness of template are of no importance in the relationships between bloggers. Only witty and fearless self-exposure, and openminded and restrained commenting, are of importance between MetroStoics, and with the remainder of the bLogos. Poor sods. Who wants 5,000 hits a day, anyway?

9 Insights :

Blogger Kitten intuited...

That would be way to much pressure and go against the reason many of us started blogging in the first place.....to do something for ourselves.

Hope all is well with you and the princess..Happy Easter, Mat.

3/25/2005 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

The Princess and I are good, thank you Kitten. :) Happy Easter to you too.

I'm saddened to see that the Askesis of MetroStoicism is not for you, but the way of the Stoics has always been an arduous one.

Yet make no mistake, MetroStoics are in it strictly for themselves as well ;P

May you hit counter only go up as fast as your comment counter!

3/25/2005 07:32:00 PM  
Blogger schuey intuited...

The long is road and the path of the righteous is a hard one...

As a wanabee MetroStoicist I will not slap back in anger and disbelief but hope that at this somehow holy period, the askesis rather then then easter bunny shall be with you.

3/25/2005 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

Now, now, Disciple Schuey, anger is an emotion. It brings pain and suffering to those that feel it.

Let it go, and may you have many cogent comments on your blog and ocans of insightful post material leaping at you in real life.

3/25/2005 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger james intuited...

I welcome this with open arms.

3/25/2005 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

Welcome to MetroStoicism, Disciple James, buddhists are always welcome :)

3/25/2005 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger gregoire intuited...

Blogs are the opium of the bourgeoisie.

3/27/2005 05:47:00 AM  
Blogger Mathieu intuited...

Disciple Greg, shut up and pass the hookah. :D

3/27/2005 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger You've Got What I Need... intuited...

It all makes so much sense now.

4/03/2005 06:55:00 AM  

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