Ancient wisdom works when you test it against your own gut and experience. It speaks to the popularity of philosophical branches such as stoicism.
Huh? Can you give an example?
Here is one example which is used in many philosophies of human existence.
Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy that flourished throughout the Roman and Greek world until the 3rd century AD. Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.
This philosophy can be found in almost every religious or secular human environment.
The moment I read this I thought of Buddha, Christ, Ghandi, Bill of Rights (and responsibilities), etc.
It is an enduring human concept, also found in nature itself.
You’ve described what stoicism is. I was more asking about the first part…it “works” when you test it against your own gut and experience. That’s meaningless. Two people can believe in two daimetrically opposed things and yet claim it works as tested against their own gut and experience.