About the Traditional Stoicism website
While this website and blog are the creation of Chris Fisher, the inspiration and encouragement came from a group of like-minded traditional Stoics from The Society of Epictetus. Traditional Stoics are not as numerous as modern Stoics on social media sites. As a result, our voice if often lost amidst numerous atheists and agnostics who place the divine and providential cosmos of Stoicism somewhere on the spectrum between “unnecessary” and “unreasonable.” Traditional Stoics consider the physics and theology of Stoicism an essential part of this philosophical way of life. Why? Because the ancient Stoics said it was essential and we have found that to be true in our individual practice. We believe this deeply spiritual, philosophical way of life is a legitimate option for many moderns seeking a reasonable form of spirituality not tied to organized religion. This website and the Traditional Stoicism Facebook group will provide resources to support traditional Stoics in their practice, and allow interested individuals to explore the traditional form of Stoicism for themselves. While many may find one of the recently formulated modern versions of Stoicism more to their liking, traditional Stoics attempt to follow, as much as possible, the same path toward excellence and happiness trod by Roman Senator, Seneca; freed slave turned philosopher, Epictetus; and Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius.
About Chris Fisher
Chris was exposed to the military version of “stoicism” while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The mental resilience fostered by those mental practices served Chris well while he served in the Marine Corps Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and during the nearly twenty years in large-scale computing as a hardware and software engineer. However, when Chris returned to public service as a law enforcement officer, he was not fully prepared for the often brutal realities of human behavior in the tough neighborhoods he worked. Chris began reading extensively in the areas of psychology, cognitive science, and evolutionary psychology to understand the frequently violent behavior he witnessed on the streets. Eventually, he came back to Stoicism to maintain his peace of mind in this chaotic environment.
Early in 2011, Chris began to study Stoicism seriously. He discovered The College of Stoic Philosophers later that year and enrolled in the Stoic Essential Studies course. Chris continued his studies with the college by completing the one-year-long Marcus Aurelius School. Within Stoicism, Chris discovered a philosophical way of life which provided meaning and convinced him to abandon the atheism he adhered to for more than twenty years. Chris now serves as a mentor for the Stoic Essential Studies program and as a tutor for the Marcus Aurelius School.
In early 2015, Chris joined with a small group of like-minded traditional Stoics to form the Society of Epictetus, a religious non-profit designed to train Ordained Stoic Philosophers to serve as chaplains and religious officiants. Chris is currently a detective with a large law enforcement agency in Florida, where he gets to test the effectiveness of Stoic practice on a daily basis.