Forging A Slave Class: An Analysis of Stoicism
The Dictionary defines Stoicism as "of or pertaining to the school of philosophy founded by Zeno, who taught that people should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity."
In other words, if you have no personality, nor sensitivity to negative or positive stimulus, there is no problem, even if it actually results in misery. An ideal manner in which to quash the needs and wants of those who adhere to this 'foolosophy' by believing there is nothing to strive for, thus, satiation for the least. Reads like the perfect slave, an unquestioning zombie devoid of self-interest, easily led, and brainwashed for self-destruction to please the perceived purposes of their masters.
The idea of Stoicism began amongst select Greeks originally unrefined by Diogenes the Cynic, called "the dog" by critics, in which he was what one could consider the ultimate 'Naturalist', so to speak, as he would frequently act like his namesake, by urinating and masturbating in public, and sleeping in a bathtub or barrel in the town square. His ultimate philosophy was that of utmost simplicity. He was said to have been "Socrates gone mad" by Plato. Other notable Stoics include Zeno, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus.
Some of the influences upon coinciding and later spiritual belief-systems can be in part traced to this detrimentality which heralds poverty & deprivation as a virtue. A masochistic ideology for those who wished to participate, selfishly receiving negative attention through suffering, although devoid of an honest comprehension of such, and otherwise feeding a broken sense of Self.
Originally beginning among slaves, Stoicism is the philosophy that one must do one's duty at any cost, even at the expense of one's own life, if needs be, as sometimes a degree of self-sacrifice was necessitated to accomplish the end goal. A respect for martyrdom in the name of an ideal was even encouraged by some. Obvious parallels can be made with subsequent practices amongst the white-light religions.
Later among the Romans, this became the ideal philosophy with which to rule an effective government which thrived on order. It was seen as more important to do one's duty rather than focus on Art or Philosophy, considering that these were already covered by the Greeks, which the Romans included in their applications & theories of The Arts.
The ideology of Stoicism was subsequently adopted by Roman Emperors for the militia to assure dependability, while obvious strains filtered into Judeo-Christian-Islamic ideologies to assure dependance.*
In one remarkable instance, when a certain Stoic was deemed unnecessary or dangerous to the government, all that was needed was for him to be notified that he should kill himself, and off he went after bidding his family farewell, and slit his wrists, although this was also expected of any Roman citizen.
The previous relation illustrates the Stoic's belief in fate, that every man's destiny is planned from birth, and it is up to every man to fulfill his fate by doing his duty to the best of his ability. This fate was said to be planned by some external notion called "The Logos", which was symbolized by a burning flame, and was seen to be a supreme intellect, much like an idea of a ruling God, as an eventual corollary to "Yahweh", "Jehovah", "Allah", et al.
The only way fate could be modified or thwarted depended on the effort placed by the individual to fulfill his duty. In other words, the more the deity was pleased by self-destruction in the name of its belief-system by such a suicidal slave cult mentality, the more favorable the fate was considered.
Overall, Stoicism asserts an ideal example of the Strong ruling the weak, while the clever rule the strong, demonstrating complete strength; therefore, it is most advantageous to Be both Clever AND Strong!
Might Is Right! ∞
* Along with threats & fear, variants of "heavenly rewards" for the latter, while the former focused more so on a selfless state-based ideal.