I think this is excellent advice, though I do not agree that stoicism is (or should) survive such testing. I do, however, agree that it is much better than many of the alternatives. It is better than most of the alternatives. So, depending on what you compare it to, it may survive a very long time with such testing. I am more inclined to agree with Sculptor1 that Epicurus is better, but I don't think it is quite the right answer either. However, it is what I would recommend to most people, because it is easy to understand and, practically speaking, works very, very well. Ultimately, I think Hume has the right answer, but he is more difficult for people to understand, and therefore less likely to work for the average person. Also, unlike Epicurus and the stoics, Hume was less interested in giving practical advice, and more interested in examining questions in a theoretical way.chewybrian wrote: ↑November 5th, 2020, 7:44 amIf you had to accept one philosophy and treat it like a religion, I would choose stoicism. But, of course, you don't have to choose that way and you should not. Take the wisdom where you find it, and decide for yourself what is true and wise and just and useful to you. When you look at stoicism in that way, you are bound to find that much of it rings true and has value.
Go ahead and decide to be a philosopher. That means all your ideas should be held up to constant scrutiny, but this scrutiny must be brutally honest and fair. Each day that stoicism survives this test, it can continue to be a guiding force for you. In my opinion, it always will survive such a test. But, if you find something better, then you should move on. Just because you have yet to find something better does not imply that you should stop looking. But, in the meantime, you should try to live up to the best principles you have found so far.
Really, if you are a good stoic, you would make a fine neighbor, and that is certainly enough for me. If you are a good Epicurean (a follower of Epicurus, not what you might be thinking with the usual use of the word "epicurean" in English), you would make a fine neighbor, and that is certainly good enough for me.
Keep reading, and keep considering options. But that does not mean that you cannot live your life in accordance with a particular philosopher in the meantime.