Agustinus Theodorus
2 min readSep 24, 2020


This is an interesting take about stoicism. Though I would disagree with one of your points regarding stoicism. In my opinion, stoicism preaches a great mindset to counter injustice.

Stoicism does not necessarily preach us to “not feel harmed” when being faced with injustice. I would think that stoicism is more of a “what are you going to do about it?” philosophy. It doesn’t tell us to do any specific action, rather tells us that we are the sole person responsible for how we choose to respond.

Let me explain, in the face of systematic injustice obviously the first thing we do not want is to “not feel harmed” because it would let those injustices continue. But stoicism gives us a question of “how would you respond?”.

Would it be in writing public pieces about the injustice itself, trying to understand the core of the problem and taking action, or even to protest? Thus, arguably stoicism is a good philosophy to counter injustice.

Stoicism preaches that we cannot control any outside events that may fall upon us, the only thing that we can control is ourselves, more specifically our actions, our perception, and our emotions.

Yes, your actions may be hindered by external forces other than yourself, but the idea is to have complete autonomy over your mind and how you would choose to respond. You do not have control over how your response is received by others. I understand that for some the message might sound harsh but it is a really important mindset to have.

All-in-all this is an interesting point of view to take on stoicism, cheers.