Stoic Philosophy is one of the major philosophical movements when it comes to maximizing positive emotions. The ancient school of Philosophy reduces negative emotions and helps individuals to hone/work on their virtues. Personally, I have taken to Philosophy in general, and enjoyed it from the first tastes I had in High School to the gorging in College where I almost doubled majored in Philosophy. Why would an individual be interested in Stoic Philosophy and what does it have to do with smoking cigars? Well surprise by sitting, smoking, enjoying, and interacting you the cigar smoker have entered in to the realm of philosophy if not out right philosopher.
Just think about it for a moment, why are you smoking a cigar alone or in a group setting? It is to relax, think things through, and participate in some form of intellectual conversation regardless of it being about sports or various topics. To a certain extent you are sharing moments and philosophy like the great Philosophers did with great parties back in the day. Cigar smoking is in itself one of the most positive emotion inducing hobbies. I guarantee that you never had a bad time smoking a cigar and if you did the cigar tasted terrible. So, by the virtue of smoking cigars we are participating in Stoic Philosophy as well as building our positive emotions. Hence we become amateur philosophers harmonizing our love for a cigar and making our lives better. To bring this full circle you will read in the coming weeks and months more Stoic Philosophy and smoking cigars. One quote that comes to mind comes for a Roman Philosopher Seneca,
“Of all people only those are at leisure who make time for philosophy, only they truly live. Not satisfied to merely keep good watch over their own days, they annex every age to their own. All harvest of the past is added to their store. Only an ingrate would fail to see that these great architects of venerable thoughts were born for us and have designed a way of life for us.”
Cigar smokers are not content to just live their days idly, but they appreciate their fellow smoker with whatever Philosophy they share. Hopefully Stoicism becomes part of your daily life and enhances your cigar experience. Maybe one day you will begin selecting cigars based off of your Stoic mood be it joyfully or more joyfully. Be the future architect of a Stoic Philosophy with cigar in one hand and perspective in another.