The Stoic Fellowship
Globally Connected • Locally Engaged
“Firstly, avoid all actions that are haphazard or purposeless; and secondly, let every action aim solely at the common good.” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 12:20
Mission: Helping to build, foster, and connect Stoic communities around the world
Vision: We fulfill our mission by welcoming all aspiring and dedicated Stoics; providing tools and resources for local group development, maintenance and growth; supporting participation, coordination, and collaboration among the member Stoas; and promoting the collective work of The Fellowship in collaboration with related individuals, groups and organizations.
Values: Living ethics, being an integral part of the philosophy, the following are the group’s primary principles and values as we seek to embody the lessons of Stoicism in all our activities.
The Foundation of Socrates
“I only know one thing and that is that I know nothing”
The Stoic Fellowship relies on reason, scholarship, and the examples of our forebearers for guidance. We make no claims that Stoicism is useful or appropriate for everyone and we recognize that happiness is a personal journey that must be taken up by the individual.
The Foundation of Philosophy
The Promise of Philosophy is one of belonging
The Stoic Fellowship, to quote Seneca, "measure[s] the boundaries of our citizenship by the sun" and not "by accident of birth". As such, all aspiring Stoics are welcome as we seek to strengthen our natural bonds of fellowship.
The Purpose of our Philosophy is well-being through understanding and virtue
Through mutual support for individual and group progress towards eudaimonia, we openly provide resources and tools that have been helpful in the lives other Stoics.
The Foundation of Discipline and Virtue
The Stoic Fellowship approaches its goals minding the three Stoic Disciplines and the Four Cardinal Virtues:
- Discipline of Reason – Corresponding to the Virtue of Wisdom: objective thinking and seeking of knowledge
- Discipline of Desire – Corresponding to the Virtue of Temperance: appropriate and balanced in desires
- Discipline of Action – Corresponding to the Virtue of Justice: fair and beneficent
These disciplines are undertaken with the Virtue of Courage and Fortitude
The Grand Aspiration of The Stoic Fellowship is that one day all people, regardless of location, identity, or financial means, will have access to a living and vibrant Stoic community that contributes positively to a peaceful, healthy and sustainable world.