a.k.a. upekkhā, apatheia/ἀπάθεια

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it

The stoic philosophers were big on equanimity. Buddhism too has a lot to say on this virtue. You might get some mileage out of amor fati, for example in Nietzsche’s philosophy.

Try praying differently, and see what happens: Instead of asking for “a way to sleep with her,” try asking for “a way to stop desiring to sleep with her.” Instead of “a way to get rid of him,” try asking for “a way not to crave his demise.” Instead of “a way not to lose my child,” try asking for “a way to lose my fear of it.” —Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 9.40

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