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Stoic philosophy involves the practice of self-control. Stoicism volves the process of being able to overcome volatile emotions, such as anger, anxiety, and fear. The Stoic is less concerned with definitions of complex philosophical concepts, and metaphysical questions. Rather, every day life is in focus here. The essential question is: “what can I learn to control?” In the process of learning the feeling of trying to control external things/individuals often plays an important role.
Marcus Aurelius in his Meditations: 2,17 says:
In human life, our time is a point, our substance flowing, our perception faint, the constitution of our whole body decaying, our soul a spinning wheel, our fortune hard to predict and our fame doubtful; that is to say, all the things of the body are a river, things of the soul dream and delusion, life is a war and a journey in a foreign land, and afterwards oblivion.