THE WAY TO LIVE_DOT II (YOURSELF) // CHAPTER 15
The idea of what is controllable and uncontrollable seem universal to us. The notion of thoughts, attitudes and actions make sense at a profound level. But where do these concepts come from? The things that seem to be universally true must emanate from somewhere. Also, who gets to determine what is good and bad? Who decides what is a virtue and what is a vice?
The Stoics believed that there was a fundamental universal principle called the logos (λόγος). The Greek word for reason, logos is where we get the word “logic.” Logos represents the idea that the entire universe was governed by reason and rational thought.
This is what binds all of creation together. Tertullian referred to all matter as honey, and the logos was the honeycomb that binds it all together and gives it meaning.[i]
Heraclitus believed that the logos is eternal,[ii] yet many of us have not heard of it. He asserted that those of us who have heard of it do not understand it. Through the logos, all things come into being, yet we cannot understand how logos works.
Life is a series of dots. To the Stoics, the logos was the thing that would make all these dots connect and become meaningful. Because of the logos, human beings can observe and rationally process the world we live in. We can then use our observations and experiences to create and form meaning for our own lives.