Today we look at "The Three Disciplines or areas of application of Stoic philosophy:
The Discipline of Assent. (Greek: Sunkatathesis)
This has to do with how we allow ourselves to perceive the world around us. When we control our perceptions, we get mental clarity; the ability to assent to true impressions, dissent from false ones, and suspend our judgment (epoché ie Greek for ‘suspension of judgment’) toward uncertain ones. It concerns how we should judge our impressions so as not to be carried away by them into anxiety or disturbing emotions.
The Discipline of Will (Greek: Orexis)
This has to do with how we align and apply our will with the course of Nature; A wise person would seek to harmonize his inner Logos, with the greater cosmic Logos, just like a musician attunes his/her instrument to the symphony orchestra. When we do this, we can deal with anything the world puts before us.
The Discipline of Action. (Greek: Hormê) This has to do with the actions we take or do not take towards a desired outcome; when we direct our actions properly and justly, we are effective and get results. The discipline has to do with the development of the skill to take the right action (Kathekon), at the right time (Kairós), for the right reason (Orthos logos). Vincit qui se vincit. (Stoic motto, Latin: He conquers, who conquers himself) Let’s look at how these three main disciplines would look in practice in today's video.