Throughout this site I contend that we often form our philosophies and theologies to reinforce our niches in life. Our niches are largely determined by our personalities, our social settings and historical accidents. Thus, our philosophies are often mere clothing we put on to comfort our personalities and social situation. If misread, this could sound like an overgeneralization but hopefully I cushioned it appropriately.
Now, on a fun note, I ran into this fun site by Mark Vernon that helps you find the Greek philosophical system that matches your personality. So why go through the work of pretending you have thought everything out and ‘choosing’ your own personality? Mark’s site does all the work for you! 🙂
Much like in Astrology or other divination systems (please see my post here), in order for this philosophy-choosing algorithm to work for you, you have to ignore the points that you feel don’t describe you and you must get really excited about the parts you agree with.
In the comments tell us your result and share one point your strongly agree and one point that is completely wrong about you. Below are my results with my comments.
Your recommended philosophy-guru is:
ZENO OF CITIUM.
Key fact: He taught in a stoa, the Athenian supermarket, and hence founded the school of philosophy called Stoicism. [I do find Stoicism interesting]
Must have: An interest in everyday life, for it is there that you learn life’s big lessons.
[Wow, yep. — but wouldn’t everyone say that?]
Key promise: An ability to face anything, no matter how disastrous.
[I’d like to think that is true, but wouldn’t everyone?]
Key peril: To be “stoical” is to turn your back on passion.
[I am not that way]
Most likely to say: “If you have integrity, no-one can harm you.”
[Wow, how wrong is that!]
Least likely to say: “Forget prudence! It won’t help you anyway.”
[I love that one. Ooops, must not be me.]