Bitesize: Events are neutral - Stoic philosopher Ryan Holiday

"There is nothing either good or bad, only thinking makes it so"


One thing that is clear right now is that times are tough for many people. There is the cost of living, inflation, strikes, a war in Europe… the list goes on. So I thought it was worth revisiting how the ancient Greek philosophy of stoicism might help people to cope as best they can during these trying times. My guest is Ryan Holiday, author of numerous books on stoicism including the superb the Obstacle is the Way. In this bitesize episode – Ryan talks about the stoic idea that events are in fact neutral, nothing in nature is inherently good or bad, it is our view of things that dictate how we experience them. 


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