The popularity of stoicism among the techgeoisie of Silicon Valley has been remarked upon by many. Most often the tone of such commentary takes a distinct form, befuddled praise. The befuddlement is expressed as wonder at why men (and they are almost always men) who seemingly have everything and want for nothing would subject themselves to voluntary deprivations. The praise flows from this amazement as it is then suggested that such a thing must require a great deal of self control, and humility, and other characteristics that these men most definitely do not possess. What they do not realize or choose to ignore is the fact that much like its still trendy sub genre minimalism, stoicism is a school of thought which is only available to the elite. When you have no fear of illness driving you to bankruptcy, can eat whatever you want whenever you want, have children who go to the best schools, and live in the safest neighborhood you don’t ever actually suffer. You are never actually deprived of anything except by choice. The nice thing about choosing to ‘suffer’ or choosing to deprive yourself of something or some things is that you can quit anytime it gets too hard. Go back to your life of privilege content in the knowledge that you now understand how the ‘other half lives.’ But you never really do, you never even come close, because you can’t understand. You simply are not capable of understanding, and probably never will be. If you did understand you would realize that pretending to be something you are not is the surest sign that what you are sucks.