Stoicism in Gladiator – Meditations II.


This video is brought to you by MUBI, an online cinema streaming handpicked exceptional films from around the globe. Get one month free at 323 BC. The death of Alexander the Great marked the
end of the Classical era of Ancient Greece and the beginning of the Hellenistic period. The many socio-political changes and subsequent
uncertainties of this period led to the emergence of new schools of thought concerned with the main question; “how do I get a grip on my life?” This search for order can lead you towards
the grander scale; to nature and the cosmos, or it can lead you inwards, into the soul. Interestingly; in the Hellenistic philosophies
you’ll find a combination of both. Among the most popular of these; the Stoa. Your family will meet you in the afterlife. The Stoic Philosophy of Gladiator – Based on the writings by Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus & Seneca VI. After Hardship Does the light of the lamp shine without losing its splendor until it is extinguished; and shall the truth which is in thee and justice and temperance be extinguished before thy death? Don’t die. What happens, has happened, and while it is
not within our power to change what has happened, as that is in the hands of nature, it is within
our power to change our disposition, and endure what life throws at us. On the occasion of every accident that befalls you, remember to turn to yourself and inquire what power
you have for turning it to use. Ultimately, we’re all dead men. Sadly, we cannot choose how, but we can decide
how we meet that end in order that we are remembered as men. Note that to be a wise stoic does not mean
to eliminate or dishonor the emotions, it means that you feel what is hurting you, that
you feel your troubles, but you work to overcome them. For ultimately, Nothing happens to anyone that
he is not fitted by nature to bear. VII. On External Validation All I’ve ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father. Consider how often we search for our self-worth
in the minds of others. How often we feel it is within our power to
demand external validation. I will give the people a vision of Rome and
they’ll love me for it. But he who relies on this will never be content. For, he who loves fame considers another man’s activity to be his own good. And as long as he depends on that which is
not naturally his own, he will live in fear. For of necessity thou must be envious, jealous, and suspicious of those who can take away those things, and plot against those who have
that which is valued by thee; and besides, he must often find fault with the gods. By placing your happiness outside of the limits
of your own soul and reason, by enslaving yourself to the wills of others, even an emperor can believe himself to be a prisoner. The whole thing is like some crazed nightmare. And thus, always keep in mind how, If someone tried to take control of your body and make you a slave, you would fight for freedom. Yet how easily you hand over your mind to
anyone who insults you. When you dwell on their words and let them
dominate your thoughts, you make them your master. VIII. What to do? Gladiators, I salute you. What to do when you are put in chains? How to act virtuously when your freedom is
restricted or injustice is done towards you? Remember first that, The best way of avenging thyself is not to become like the wrong doer. Others may decide the circumstances we find
ourselves in, but our mind remains our own. As long as we have our will, we can be free. Ancestors I honor you. I will try to live with the dignity you have taught me. Show those qualities then which are altogether in thy power, sincerity, gravity, endurance of labour, aversion to pleasure, contentment with thy portion and with few things, benevolence, frankness, no love of superfluity, freedom
from trifling, magnanimity. Dost thou not see how many qualities thou
art immediately able to exhibit, in which there is no excuse of natural
incapacity and unfitness. Free yourself from the pain of insults and
see how he who aimed to harm you had only done harm to himself. Free yourself from the despair of a hopeless situation and see that your fate has not been as decided
as you had feared. Free yourself from all your imagined constraints and see how every trial becomes an opportunity for virtue and purposeful action. Today I saw a slave become more powerful than
the emperor of Rome. And so, knowing the freedom that is within you at all times, you can be put in chains, and respond, What are you talking about? Me in chains? You may fetter my leg but my will, not even
Zeus himself can overpower. IX. On Friendship That a man relies on his own reason and fortitude for his happiness doesn’t mean that he is to be alone, that he needs not surround himself with
companions and friends. In the same way as there exists in man a distaste
for solitude and a craving for society, so too with this there is something inherent
in it that stimulates us into seeking friendships. Great pleasure is to be found not only in
keeping up and old and established friendship but also in beginning and building up a new one. True friendship is to trust someone as you
trust yourself. This takes a bit of judgement, for while it
is easy to find a friend in a time of prosperity, not so easy is to find one in the face of adversity. And let this guide your own actions as well, do not seek and maintain friendships for their utility, do not hold a friend because he is temporarily useful. Remember that, if you want a true friend,
then you must be one yourself. Only then can you surround yourself with kindred
spirits, and delight in their virtues. Think about, for instance, the activity of one,
and the modesty of another, and the liberality of a third,
and some other good quality of a fourth. Nothing delights so much as the
examples of the virtues, when they are exhibited in the morals of
those who live with us. X. Echoes in Eternity We mortals are but shadows and dust. Shadows and dust Maximus! If ultimately we are but shadows and dust,
what is to be our legacy? What drives us to even create one at all? Remind yourself once again that to live with
the knowledge of the oblivion that awaits you does not mean to live without purpose. First, do nothing inconsiderately,
nor without a purpose. Second, make thy acts refer to nothing else
than to a social end. Happy is the man who can make others better,
not merely when he is in their company, but even when he is in their thoughts. Now we are free. I will see you again. Let your virtue inspire others to be virtuous as well, and trust that their virtue will inspire even more. Then, even though your life passes and your
memory fades into history, you can rest knowing the goodness you gave voice to echoes in eternity. There was a dream that was Rome. It shall be realized. Think continually how many heroes are dead
after killing thousands; and how many tyrants who have used their power
over men’s lives with terrible insolence as if they were immortal; and how many cities are entirely dead,
so to speak. Add to the reckoning all whom thou hast known,
one after another. One man after burying another has been laid out dead,
and another buries him; and all this in a short time. Pass then through this little space of time
conformably to nature, and end thy journey in content, just as an olive falls off when it is ripe,
blessing nature who produced it, and thanking the tree on which it grew. After exploring the basics of stoicism in
my video on The Shawshank Redemption, I was really happy to return to this subject for
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100 Responses

  1. Like Stories of Old

    August 31, 2019 6:11 pm

    Proud to present the follow-up to my video on the stoic philosophy of The Shawshank Redemption ( Back when I made the first video on stoicism, I went with The Shawshank Redemption because I thought that film was better suited to explain the basics of stoicism, whereas Gladiator was more interesting for more specific subjects.
    As such, this new video zooms in on a few specific subjects that will hopefully build on the foundation laid in the first one and give you a better understanding of both Stoic philosophy and the story of Gladiator. What other films do you think are great examples of stoic philosophy? Let me know below!

  2. Tanika Jones

    September 3, 2019 7:48 pm

    I cancelled my therapy sessions after listening to this and doing my research. I have not felt this good or happy in a long time. I started learning more about Stoicism and applying it, along with spiritually, to my life. I now have amazing growing control and power over my life. Everything is not perfect but I feel like I've progressed so much faster. I wish I'd known about this sooner.

  3. Paul Munro

    September 4, 2019 12:17 am

    Several of these quotes are in Ryan Holiday's 'The Daily Stoic' which I highly recommend. That having been said, this was a very uplifting clip and am duly impressed by the content and presentation. Well done!

  4. Kingtiens

    September 5, 2019 2:35 pm

    'Nothing happens to any man which he is not formed by nature to bear' damn I needed to hear that. Love your videos, keep up the good work.

  5. manfrombritain

    September 6, 2019 8:51 am

    can you believe that there are people out there that try to make out that stoicism is some kind of toxic male thing?

  6. manfrombritain

    September 6, 2019 9:07 am

    a lot of this is very strongly related to Viktor Frankl. the last of human freedoms is the freedom to choose how you react to your situation (paraphrased)

  7. Manjit U

    September 7, 2019 8:09 pm

    This was just beautiful… you indeed have a gift in how you are able to pass on the wisdom of the Stoics x

  8. javier Horna Moreno

    September 8, 2019 7:02 pm

    Man, first amazing video!! second you should do like a collective video just focus on Stoicism or Meditations, it would be amazing!

  9. Jack Young

    September 16, 2019 7:02 pm

    Most people do not have the virtue of an Emperor or a King, which is why they need him to lead. For now we are ruled only by despots.

  10. Shane Davis

    September 17, 2019 4:49 am

    Please please showcase an episode or three on the CELTS… The Celtic Empire which predated the Vikings by 1,000 years — and discuss the Celtic Holocaust.

  11. Benjamin David

    September 17, 2019 2:59 pm

    This was awesome, and not to take away from another great video, but could you do something specific to Star Wars please?

  12. davidsirmons

    September 19, 2019 3:53 am

    How my heart and soul brim with the deepest-held colors and tones on watching these.
    Few things in life have moved me so profoundly as your creations and insights.
    Bless you.

  13. austinfackender

    September 19, 2019 5:01 pm

    I have seen many attempt to explain the philosophy of stoicism, but I believe you were the first I've come across to be successful

  14. scriptencoded

    September 20, 2019 3:15 pm

    Hot damn what a masterpiece. I shed a tear. Please never stop producing your videos. As a writer I find you're one of the best channels II've had the pleasure of viewing time and time again.


    September 22, 2019 1:26 pm

    The videos are what you sir preach for, happy is to man who make another man better and make the world more virtuous, i am sincerely, very much grateful for all your videos. It reminds me of what i believe in, when we can sometimes forget about our believe. Thank you.

  16. Nogitsune

    September 23, 2019 9:28 am

    There's a curious comparison between this and the Hagakure when talking about shadows and dust. Bushido shares a similar philosophy of death, where in accepting it, we can face it without fear and carry ourselves through life with purpose in every action.

  17. D S

    September 28, 2019 3:45 pm

    Hello, I find your videos very interesting. It is a pitty that there are no spanish subs as spanish people tend to have difficulties to comprehend english or don´t even care. If you are interested in spanish subs contact me.

  18. Timothy Eames

    September 29, 2019 3:20 pm

    Please continue these stoic episodes. It’s really helping me out. I’ve watched this video everyday since I found it.

  19. Liam Carroll

    September 29, 2019 10:02 pm

    What an impeccable follow up to Meditations I. Stoicism is something I've only discovered recently, perhaps too late in life, but soon enough all the same! And the fact the greatest movies of all time, the greatest stories, the way they tap into the stoic conception of the universe and our role in it, it's beyond coincidence. There is something life-changing and affirming going on here. Thank you for shining a light on it.

  20. onkar Kankatwar

    September 30, 2019 2:53 am

    Thank for this video and eye opening coats.. now I understand why I see this film again and again.alsow this film give a message …. never give up..

  21. Meglin Blaze

    September 30, 2019 7:56 pm

    I preached about this this morning… This are enticing words of man's wisdom, the bible records that Paul when left in athens saw that they were wholey given to idolatry, and he met some greek philosophers and stoicks and preached the Gospel of Salvation to them, 👉Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection.

  22. DynamicDurge

    October 1, 2019 10:50 pm

    "Happy is the man who can make others better, not merely when he is in their company, but even when he is in their thoughts"
    I will see you again

    Shit made me tear up

  23. Carlos Castanheiro

    October 2, 2019 1:37 am

    Thank you so much for this, I will share this video on Facebook and Twitter. Marcus Aurelius was touched by the divine, I love him and his teachings, he set me free. "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate"-Carl Jung.

  24. Immortal_Suvorov1721

    October 4, 2019 4:26 am

    If by oblivion you mean the void, then imposing purpose on yourself is a type of delusion. A sedative or painkiller to ease the suffering of existence and eventual death.

  25. João Roso

    October 4, 2019 5:25 pm

    how ironic that stoicism and other filosophies to help one guide itself trough life are so much less popular then makeup videos.

  26. Mina Moawad

    October 6, 2019 2:54 pm

    This is by far the most wonderful channel I have ever stumbled upon. Thank you for sharing your gift of insight. movies have always told deeper stories than they elude. Again thank you

  27. Karlou Mutia

    October 6, 2019 2:55 pm

    Never thought that Gladiator movie was all about Stoicism. Been practicing Stoicism and an admirer of Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Thank you for this Channel

  28. Lucy B.

    October 10, 2019 10:19 pm

    Brilliant! I love reading Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus. You do a great job with the analysis of this film. Thank you for your videos!

  29. Justin Matthews

    October 11, 2019 10:45 pm

    6:00 im only leaving this here because i wanna come back and listen to that 20 seconds over and over again. Im going to need to remember it for where I'm going.


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