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The day that technology made me think about stoicism and society nowadays

Bartira Augelli for The Circular. Org

Not long ago, I was experiencing a bit of intense feelings followed by anxiety. I started to work as a freelance reporter for Dublin Inquirer as I mentioned in the previous post.

One of my articles was finally coming out and it was one of the most challenging pieces that I had to write so far. I wrote about the aftermath of one of the witnesses of the Parnell Street attack.

Just after that I started an investigation related to the housing situation and spoke with several vulnerable tenants. I am just starting as a reporter so I am still getting involved emotionally with the stories.

The way I cope with my emotions made me think of one afternoon that I went to Tesco to buy oat milk; unfortunately/fortunately, neither the contactless or the chip of my debit card didn’t work thus I wasn’t able to purchase what I needed, even though I had sufficient funds on my bank account. I remember finding that situation very ironic as I had more than necessary funds to purchase what I needed. Still, at the same time, something as small as the plastic material of my debit card, was what was preventing me from meeting my primary need to buy oat milk.

That makes me think about the dependence that we are creating towards technology, but also makes me think that perhaps as humans we may not be evolving as fast as the technology that we created.

Is the pilot of an airplane in 2024 wiser than the philosopher conducting a horse chariot more than 423B.C years ago?

Inspired by The Hermetic Principle of Correspondence, I wondered if that was not exactly what is happening in my life, I wondered what the point of being familiar with some principles coming from Helena Blavatsky, Hermes Trismegistu, Aristotle, and the stoics Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, if I am not sometimes not able to transfer these principles into my life in a way that met a essential need. Although, mentioning these names in conversation, or in this case in a blog, perhaps make me sound sophisticated, it does not necessarily mean that I am indeed intelligent, or that I am able to apply this knowledge in life and help others around me.

I thought about my Epictetus, my favorite stoic and some of the teachings of his book Of Human Freedom. He is hardcore, to say the least, his words are sharp and always makes me think about the dependence as humans that we have in the material world and how that dependence has expanded to technologic and the virtual realm.

That also makes me think what my debit card really represents in my life.

At this very moment, I find myself in the very same cave described in the myth of the Plato; my debit card is the shadow that made me question my existence and the need to fight to leave this dark cave. My desire to find light is the reason why I am pursuing journalism and pushing my emotions towards vulnerability.

As a millennium I was born in the era of technology. As someone that appreciates philosophy, I hope to gain the necessary tools to solve the complex issues and dilemmas within me.

My purpose is to use knowledge to work on myself and become a better person, but also to contribute to the world around me, but I need to get out of this cave first, only then can I go back to the point of origin and try to bring other people trapped in the same cave into the light.

I’m afraid to death of being blinded by the light and then blinded again by the darkness, but still, I’m willing to try as I don’t want to live an existence where I went to the supermarket, and I couldn’t buy milk only because my debit card didn’t work.


Do you like philosophy? Check out an interesting video that talks about the myth of the cave mentioned in the article

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