Avoid the Commodification of Old Age

Tech companies want to commodify your old age; after all it’s a profitable time of life. Slow economic growth and the fact that we’re all living longer means that inexpensive, high-technology solutions to elderly care are big business. For example, RoboCoach: It can’t fight crime or act as a butler but Robocoach is working with Read More …

Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy

William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2009) is one of the best-selling and most immediately accessible introductions to Stoic philosophy. It’s one I recommend to people who are new to Stoicism and want to learn more about it. I do, however, advise you to read The Antidote by Read More …

Letter 19. When Retired: Remain Sharp and Select Friends Wisely

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 19. When Retired: Remain Sharp and Select Friends Wisely You’ve spent your whole life working in a career where the opinions of others influenced your success. When you retire don’t exert any effort into attempting to Read More …

Letter 18. Practice Self-Control

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 18. Practise Self-Control As the year comes to a close, people tend to hold extended celebrations, follow social routines and get lost in activity. The question is, do you change your daily schedule and join in, or not? Read More …

There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance

Has Britain got its priorities right? I’m sure we all work with people who look at relaxation and the desire to have a life outside of the office as suspect. Take Jeremy Corbyn for instance; he takes a vacation to Scotland and he gets it in the neck. Why can’t he have some time off? It doesn’t Read More …

Letter 17. Change the way you think to be truly rich

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 17. Change the way you think to be truly rich Don’t wait until sometime in the future to start practicing philosophy. The temptation is to wait until you are financially secure or have reached a pre-defined Read More …

Don’t Ban Guns

The frustration and anger was visible when Barack Obama lamented the mass shootings at a community college in Oregon. This was understandable, as it was his 15th such statement.. He said that … thoughts and prayers [do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage Read More …

Letter 16. Reflect and act

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 16. Reflect and act It’s important to have a lifelong passion for improving yourself. Reflecting each day on your actions and behaviours, while important, is not as critical as actually making positive changes. Do this Read More …

Slavery, Nukes and Climate Change

We need to use reason to pursue arete (excellence). Stoicism suggests it is this that makes us human and separates us from animals. Further, humans have a degree of control over their thoughts, and in turn their actions. Both of these qualities, reason and thinking, should be part of the political decision making process. This Read More …

Letter 15. Brain First, Body Second

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 15. Brain First, Body Second Having a philosophy of life allows you to train your mind as though you would train your body. If you don’t have one then it’s a little like doing no Read More …