Stoic q&a: Stoicism and developmental defects

[image: Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), The Choice of a Boy between Virtue and Vice; this is essay #281 in the “Philosophy as a Way of Life” series]

G. writes: How should Stoics view those born with several developmental defects? My instinctive response is that the moral answer is with humanity and compassion, but I have trouble reaching that conclusion using a Stoic framework. From my readings, so many of Stoicism’s ideas of humanity are wrapped up in notions of intellect and the capacity for reason (e.g., even those suffering from “madness” are still