Thanks, Bobby, for sharing your thoughts and, if you like, some snippets of your inner self with us. You inspired me to start thinking a bit more about myself. It's really amazing how influential stoics have been until up to the present time. One of your quoted tenets: "The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best." reminded me immediately of one of my favourite authors who'd expressed it differently but probably meant the same thing. It seems to fit in with his way of looking at the world, maybe because it overlaps with pantheistic thought. Over here, stoicism is being in vogue especially among young urban people who are on the self-optimization trip. In contrast to baby boomers they don't seem to be bothering too much about society but exclusively focus on themselves. This helps you in troubled times. Doing good for the general public is not as important as getting the most out of and for yourself. They have realised your fifth quote in particular and have started looking for some food for thought. Stoicism is hip presumably because it seems to offer something for everyone due to the fact that its tenets and, above all, its interpretation have changed continuously. Yet there are also some constant features like the causality principle? When talking to stoics I realised that they don't seem to care about that but rather pick those elements that fit in with what they believe in. Since you have introduced only portions so far it may be fair to ask: Are you selective too or do you accept the complete stoic construct?