Letter 13. Trust your own judgment

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 13. Trust your own judgment The difficulties that life throws at us gives us the opportunity to deal with our thoughts in a rational way. Thoughts are the only things we can control. We can’t control Read More …

Letter 12. ​Embrace age and its benefits

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 12. Embrace age and its benefits I’m feeling my age; memories are fading and gone are the days where I can act on impulse. If I do this now it hurts too much. Even tough structures Read More …

Letter 10. ​Respect the opinion of others

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 10. Respect the opinion of others I trust you to be by yourself. In other words I mean that I think you can behave reasonably without supervision. Try applying this idea to the people you know. If Read More …

Letter 11. ​Accept involuntary responses

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 11. Accept involuntary responses Is it possible to have complete control of your emotions, at all times? To look and act as though nothing is bothering you? I don’t believe that it is. No matter Read More …

Letter 9. ​Foster true friendships, while they last

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 9. Foster true friendships, while they last You asked about if a person needs to have friends or if you can be content dealing with unhelpful feelings alone. Well, yes you can face feelings Read More …

Stumped by Stoicism? Learn 7 key principles in under 1 min

Confusing, bewildering, information overload! These were my thoughts when I first started out with Stoicism. I knew I wanted a cohesive philosophy of life, but I wasn’t sure what the main points were. Failure to have philosophy of life guaranteed that I wasn’t making the most of my limited time. I soon realised that everyone Read More …

Letter 8. Reflect on the bigger picture

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 8. Reflect on the bigger picture The last time I wrote a letter to you I suggested that you should avoid crowds and be happy with your own thoughts. Just to clarify, philosophical reflection Read More …

Letter 7. Don’t follow the crowd

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 7. Don’t follow the crowd It’s easy to fall under the influence of the shared actions and behaviours of a crowd. If you find yourself in one then they may sweep you along; you may Read More …

Letter 6. Know yourself to improve yourself

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 6. Know yourself to improve yourself Being able to identify and work on areas of personal improvement is important. Of course, there will always be something to enhance, it’s an ongoing life-long project. Share Read More …

Letter 5. Don’t be too different

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 5. Don’t be too different I don’t recommend that you try to show how different you are from others by dressing or living in a strange way. Even if you are different there is little Read More …