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This year, the predictably unpredictable British weather has lived up to pessimists’ expectations. Through much of July and August, the barbecue summer augured by weather forecasters proved much soggier than anticipated, complete with Test match draws and delays. How should we respond? The Stoic philosophers believed that getting worked up about events that are outside our control is simply wasted energy. For the Roman Stoic and dramatist Seneca, anger was a useless emotion to be eradicated or converted to inner calm—a sentiment traditionally echoed by the cricket-playing English gentleman. And, as the Greek Stoic Epictetus argued, the only worthwhile good…

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