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Stoicism 2.0: How Stoic Philosophy Can Improve Your Life in the 21st Century opens with an explanation of the origins of Stoic philosophy. They lie in Greece where Alexander the Great, together with his tutor, Aristotle, succeeded in their search for Diogenes, a man who lived as a beggar. Offered wealth and power, Diogenes' only request to Alexander was to move; he was blocking the sunshine. Diogenes is a leader of the Cynicism Movement that Robert Harrison Woolston covers in depth, including the input of Antisthenes, his followers and many others. The explanation of Stoicism is thorough, and modern day families are used to show how its principles can be applied to everyday life in the twenty-first century. Lastly, help for the mentally ill is offered to those suffering and the professionals who treat them.
Stoicism 2.0: How Stoic Philosophy Can Improve Your Life in the 21st Century by Robert Harrison Woolston tackles a complicated subject in a way that makes it extremely easy to read and understand. Illustrations of the meeting between Alexander the Great and Diogenes, and the death of Seneca, give scenes that precede the birth of Christ an immediacy that makes it possible to follow stoicism applied in a twenty-first century workplace, as with Karen and Tiffany, and the family situations recreated through David and Sarah and Travis and Rebecca. Mr Woolston does not shy away from the reality of drug abuse, or mental illness, and their impact on the modern family. Stoicism 2.0 is a fascinating book that can benefit every reader.