How to be Fairly Cheerful


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Being in a state of constant happiness is an unrealistic hope, but a less ambitious plan can be realized: staying fairly cheerful in the face of life’s disappointments, adversities and frustrations. This is the message contained in a short essay called "On Contentment" by the ancient historian and philosopher Plutarch. In this seminar we will read this essay together, pausing to illuminate the ancient thinkers, writers and events to which Plutarch refers. We will apply these insights to our current situations, translating this ancient wisdom into insights that can guide thought and conduct in our modern way of life.

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