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FOUNDERS MISSION


Aims of the Foundation:
Justin Stead discusses the aims of the Aurelius Foundation

Why now?
Why now is the right time to start the Foundation

OUR VISION



The Aurelius Foundation was created to increase awareness of the principles of Stoic philosophy. Promoting the four cardinal virtues of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance and Courage in the pursuit of happiness.

We endeavour to share Stoicism to help young people consider their journey through life and to support them in planning and living a life that contributes to the greater good.

The foundation is dedicated to youth development through education of the higher principles and values in stoic philosophy. Our vision is to help young people deliver positive and constructive change through their life contributions

Stoicism is a school of Hellenistic philosophy originating from Athens in the early 3rd century BC. It is philosophy of personal ethics based on logic and its views on the natural world. At the core of Stoicism is the teaching that as social beings, the path to eudaimonia (happiness) for humans is found in accepting the moment as it presents itself.

By not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or fear of pain, by using one's mind to understand the world and to do one's part in nature's plan, and by working together and treating others fairly and justly.


IN THE WORDS OF MARCUS AURELIUS

Approach each action as if it is your last; dismissing the wayward thought, the emotional recoil from the commands of reason, the desire to make an impression, the admiration of self and discontent with your lot . . . if you can follow these principles, the Gods will ask nothing more.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Verse 5, Book 5

Our Approach


SEMINARS

Teaching the principles of Stoicism and their sustainable application to living a life of purpose and the pursuit of happiness

MENTORSHIP

Programmes with supporters of the foundation to provide support and guidance through all of life’s experiences

SEMINAR LIBRARY

Access our collection of seminars rich in stoic thought and guidance that can be practised in daily life

 

COMMUNITY

Ensure the foundation and our membership participate in greater good initiatives within local and global communities