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solipsism n.

1. The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.

2. The theory or view that the self is the only reality.

stoicism n.

1. An ascetic system, teaching perfect indifference (apathea) to everything external.

2. The conviction that nothing external can be either good or evil. Hence to the Stoics both pain and pleasure, poverty and riches, sickness and health, were supposed to be equally unimportant.




There is no question that to survive, and especially to survive in a complex society, it is necessary to work for external goals and to postpone immediate gratifications. But a person does not have to be turned into a puppet jerked about by social controls. The solution is to gradully become free of societal rewards and learn how to substitute for them rewards that are under one's own powers. This is not to say that we should abandon every goal endorsed by society; rather, it means that, in addition to or instead of the goals others use to bribe us with, we develop a set of our own.

-Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi

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