Michel Rayot

An unlikely story

The strangeness of Stoics runs through their history as a connecting thread. The early Stoic leaders (scholarchs) were from Athens and they included a wealthy businessman, Zeno, (the founder of Stoicism), a poverty-stricken professional boxer, Cleanthes, and a brilliant long-distance runner, Chrysippus.

The later proponents of Stoicism were even more diverse: the most powerful man in the world in his time, Marcus Aurelius, a powerless lame slave, Epictetus, and a royal advisor whose misfortune it was to be the advisor to a mad tyrant, Seneca.

Ancient Stoicism had seven formal leaders or “scholarchs,” but much of what…


Of late, I have been spending a lot of time translating Stoic books from English to French. My wife, who doesn’t know any philosophy, was curious. “I’ve no interest in reading philosophy,” she said, “But could you quickly summarize the main ideas of Stoicism for me, so I can at least understand what you are so interested in?”

I thought about it for a while. It seemed to me that the best place to start is with Epictetus’ Enchiridion. …


Of late, I have been spending a lot of time translating Stoic books from English to French. My wife, who doesn’t know any philosophy, was curious. “I’ve no interest in reading philosophy,” she said, “But could you quickly summarize the main ideas of Stoicism for me, so I can at least understand what you are so interested in?”

I thought about it for a while. It seemed to me that the best place to start is with Epictetus’ Enchiridion. …


Very interesting article. I can complete it in giving the information that Chuck Chakrapani wrote a new rendering of the Enchiridion in plain english that is available on the stoicgym website with the link I gave on the following article :https://michelrayot.medium.com/the-good-life-27-essential-precept-8f170986989c

Lately I did a french translation of the Handbook in plain english for the author Chuck Chakrapani and wrote a summary of the most important and still actual precepts of this beautiful book (according to me...).

For the people interested in stoicism they can learn the whole history for free, downloading "a fortunate storm " on the same website. I am preparing the french version of this book at the moment.


Very interesting article about Epitectus. As I did the french translation of the book written by Chuck Chakrapani : a new rendering of the Enchiridion I tried to do a summary of it with the most important and still valid precepts, according to me :The Good Life: 27 Essential Precept, that I published on Medium with the help of Chuck Chakrapani. I am translating now a fortunate storm that explains the story of the main early stoics. Congratulation again. All the best


Whereas confined in France, I have more time to live in a peaceful mode, do some yoga each morning, spend one hour in a forest that is 4 mn walk from my home, to contemplate beautiful trees as I begin with Shinrin Yoku one year ago.

I also have more time to read and in this time of danger caused by coronavirus, its important to keep a peaceful state of mind to cope with the situation. To have positive feeling is important and can be cultivated as explained by Rick Hanson in his book : «hard wiring happyness». If you…


We are on war but absolutely only against this pandemia. Its a serious war but it concerns only coronavirus and nothing or nobody else. We are in France, our president spoke very well on monday night before confinment. In this difficult time, put all efforts towards future fight against pandemic at state level according choices made by the government in close links with scientific comitee, at individual level with respecting the instructions very seriously. My view is that is a much better situation with a regular war that we do not have in the world since 75 years. Its the anniversary here of the death of 6 hero’s of the resistance ; they were saying my life is not important if I can save life of other people. This anniversary is cancelled but I have the picture above, of the memorial plate with the words expressed by general de Gaulle for these heros that I try to translate without the alliteration in «R» that sounds deeply in french : «their exemplarity will stay and last, I assure you, as a splendide testimony, thrown to the world , of the determination of France in the most horrible war of its history, Charles de Gaulle». Situation is easier, I hope we are still determined, myself I am, to respect the instructions and to contribute with my modest possibilities to this pandemic war.


The coronavirus is a deep crisis that hits the world. The sickness in it self is not extremely severe if we consider the rate of death which is said to be from 1 to 3%. So it should not create panic individually but need to be taken very seriously because the propagation is rapid. The governments must take rather radical measures : why ?

Taking France : They do not promise us that these measures will eradicate the pandemy, they just say they will cut the peak so that it does not overflow our hospital capacities for treating severe cases.

They also adapt our hospital capacities to maximise reanimation possibilities , and to have helps for medical people to go at work ( special possibilities to keep their children with closed schools). All this has to be supported by individual discipline : keep distance don’t shake hand or kiss, miniminize social life, wash hands very frequently, and especially do not contact or go to…


lake mania

mitch

Summer 2015

Why beeing so found of my lake…

Why can’t I miss it for my own sake?

For the blending of blue water into the shorelines ?

For admiring the magnificent sunshines ?

For sliding over smoothly on my boat?

Only these memories are keeping me afloat…

Michel Rayot

French, retired of french outdoor industry, past president of Lake Annecy DMO. Now translates in French, books about Stoicism. Member since 2015

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