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You are afraid to die, but come now: how is this life of yours anything but death? Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter LXXVII:18 Death. Some of us hide from it, some of us glorify it. Some of us deny it and avoid it by name. But the task is to learn to recognize the "little deaths" that [...]

The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6:V If your opponent is fearful, stay aware and find a way to remain courageous. If your opponent is irrational, become rational. If you opponent is deceitful, be honest. If your opponent is bigoted, practice love and tolerance. If you opponent is [...]

If you want freedom, you can't deny it to others. If you want to be respected, trusted, and treated like an adult, you have to respect and trust others. In 1859, in his seminal work On Liberty, the English philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote: The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good [...]

If you feel weak, find a way to feel strong. Have conversations with your rivals. Practice rationality and reason. Find your spiritual—not religious—center. Learn new skills. Expose yourself to new ideas. Expose yourself to discomfort in all its forms. If you fear fighting for your ideals become a fighter. Discover a personal code of conduct, morals, [...]

If you're for free speech, tolerance and liberal values, you can't pick and choose. Any freedom of expression that you take away from someone you disagree with, you also take away from yourself. That's how it works. As liberals, our plan over the next four years should be to double down on ensuring that conservative [...]