Meditations of a 21st century incarnation of Socrates as composed by Brent Silby
The stoic philosophers have a similar outlook to my own. I remember once walking around the agora, smiling, and boldly declaring “look at all this product that I don’t need”. What was my point? Well, I wanted to remind people that much of the fear and stress we feel results from pressure to own more product. But we don’t need all this product, and I was affirming that point. Here is a syllogism:
P1. (premise) If I realize that I don’t need excess, then I won’t fear missing out on excess.
P2. (premise) I have realized that I don’t need excess
C1. (conclusion) Therefore, I don’t fear missing out on excess (from P1, P2)
Thinking this way is liberating and I recommend it. But premise #2 is crucial. One needs to train oneself to realize that most product on sale is not needed. In doing so, we can extend the argument:
P3.(premise) Product that I don’t need is excess to my need
P4.(premise) I do not need most of the product on sale in the mall
C2. (conclusion) Therefore, most product on sale in the mall is excess to my need (from P3, P4)
P5.(premise) If I don’t fear missing out on excess and if most product on sale in the mall is excess to my need, then I should not feel pressured into buying more product from the mall
C3. (conclusion) Therefore, I should not feel pressured into buying more product (from C1, C2, P5)
This article summarizes some other stoic ideas.