Tenets of Stoicism

The Daily Stoic lists 7 tenets of stoicism. Here they are in the order given on that website.

  1. Memento Mori
  2. Amor Fati
  3. Premeditatio Malorum
  4. Sympathiea
  5. Summum Bonum
  6. The Obstacle is the Way
  7. Ego is the Enemy

Memento Mori

We need to remember that one day we will die, and that death is the great equalizer. Some of us feel as if we are better than others. Some of us judge others as being inferior. It does not matter. We, just like them, will die and eventually be forgotten.

Amor Fati

This tenet is one that I personally disagree with, as it means that we should love fate. Although I would agree that we should accept fate and come to terms with it, to love it is quite the stretch for me.

Premeditatio Malorum

Bad things will eventually happen. We cannot avoid all the bad things in the universe. We should expect them to occur, and it would help if we give some thought to how we may overcome these bad things.


This is the idea that we are all interconnected and interdependent. We are all one, in other words. I’ve carried this idea much before I learned or read about stoicism.

Summum Bonum

Since we are a very tribal species, this is much easier said than done, as it means to always serve the greater good. This can be quite difficult when it means helping the many (outside the tribe, or the poor and destitute) at the expense of a few (inside your tribe, or the extremely wealthy).

The Obstacle is the Way

We all face hardship. It is how we respond to this hardship that defines us.

Ego is the Enemy

If one feels inherently better than others at something (say, shooting 3-pointers), than they are much less likely to grow any better. There is always room for improvement, and setting ego aside will help you get there.

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