Dopamine Fasting: The Story of Marcus Aurelius vs His Brother Lucius

"Freedom isn’t secured by filling up on your heart’s desire but by removing your desire.” — Epictetus

Stoics. Carnivore Aurelius here…Marcus's son 🙂

As you all know, an addiction to hedonism will destroy your life. And in our modern world, there's an onslaught of endless dopamine.

– Porn

– Social Media

– Sugar

– Netflix

It's time to find the antidote to this madness before these addictions enslave you.

The example of Marcus Aurelius and his brother Lucius epitomizes this. Marcus lived a life of philosophical inquiry and discipline, shunning parties and games in favor of studies and self improvement. 

On the other hand, his brother and co-emperor Lucius was known for his extravagant parties. He once threw a party that cost the equivalent of the entire Roman army’s annual pay.

Marcus poured over books, Lucius poured drinks. Lucius dropped philosophy in search of more freedom and leisure, whereas Marcus was disciplined in search of fulfillment. Marcus rose early and studied. Lucius slept in and had a hair of the dog.

In the end, Lucius’ habits devoured him. His hedonistic lifestyle addicted him to the dragon of dopamine. Like a schizophrenic pendulum he swung back and forth between deep lows and very high highs. Lucius ended up dying early as an alcoholic, and Marcus ruled the Roman Empire and lived a life of fulfillment. 

The way out: dopamine fasting.

This is by far the best habit I've picked up in the last year. In the article I also have 6 things to do instead of basking in your dopamine addiction and 15 stoic journal prompts.

Please let me know what you think.

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