Mr. Kaufman posted his revised list of books for his personal MBA, and among them I saw the title A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (AF Link). It caught my eye. I mean, who doesn’t want to live a good life?
So I’ve been reading it and it’s been mostly good choice. It is about the philosophy of the stoics, and adopting their philosophy of life.
Do you have a philosophy of life?
Like nearly all self-help books, this one follows the familiar pattern of explaining the benefits of the book’s teachings before getting into them. In the beginning among the various other reasons to adopt the philosophy of the stoics, he writes about the potential to be on one’s deathbed and feel as though they’ve lived live poorly because of a lack of a philosophy of life.
I have to admit that I’d never, not once, ever feared that I would get to my deathbed and be upset that I’d lived my live wrong because of a lack of philosophy. If I had trashed the relationship with one of my children, maybe. Regrets about missed opportunities? Sure. But just because of a missing philosophy? Nope. I still don’t. On that particular item the book has lost me.
But otherwise it’s got some interesting advice, and it most respects I think it’s a sensible way to live. I understand why it’s on Josh’s list, and while it may not be the ultimate guide to the philosophy of the stoics, it’s accessible.
So what about you? Do you have a philosophy of life?