A stoic’s wet dream

What does a true stoic want?

The answer to that question is a smart arse answer:

A true stoic would want to be free of any wants.

They want to be happy to simply exist, to be content with reality as it is.

To do what they can do in order to improve without necessarily desiring anything beyond that.

But if we put the clever answers to one side for a moment, besides that – what would a stoic want?

There are so many things that a true master of stoicism might genuinely and usefully desire. One of those things would be, I reckon, to have a conversation with Death. Death is part of reality. True stoics don’t fear death.

They don’t chase it, but they don’t fight it.

They know it will come and every day they remind themselves that it will come. Every day they use this to drive themselves forward in order to live a more pure and enriching life.

If you remember that death is coming for you, then with the right mindset, it drives you to live your life to the fullest. Because why waste even a moment if every moment is beyond valuable?

So I think a true stoic would want to have a conversation with Death.

Not just knowing that it’s coming, but to converse with the Grim Reaper, to sit down and share a meal with the creature that will take their soul.

Of course, unless you believe any sort of magic or strange religion or embrace some occult fantasies, this isn’t something that you can do.

Well, you can do the next best thing.

You can see what that conversation would be like… if it were possible.

You can imagine it, beyond the limits of what you probably think imagining is.

Because it’s possible to experience something – even something as obviously unreal as coffee with Death – as though it were real.

Not confusing it for reality… but still experiencing it as though it is.

It’s like getting scared while watching a horror movie… only a hundred times as useful.

These results only come with diligence and discipline.

But even that’s not enough by itself. You need the right sort of mind training to be diligent and discipline about.

Mind training like, say, this:

/monster

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