Stoicism – A Visual Guide

Stoicism: Pictures not Words Stoicism helps to formulate a coherent philosophy of life. Stoics thought that the best indication of an individual’s philosophy was not what a person said but how that person behaved. This requires that we should learn about and apply Stoic principles and techniques. This helps to maximise rationality and reason and in turn develops self-control Read More …

Stoic Facts About Insults That Will Impress Your Friends

Insults. We all get them from time to time. Even small negative criticisms can affect us for a long time. We dwell upon them and the intentions behind them. In this post I explore how we can stoically deal with put-downs; remaining calm, rational and stress free. Insults and The Emotional Brain After we hear Read More …

OCD – An Indifferent, Not An Excuse

If superstar footballer David Beckham wants to put a can of pop in his fridge, his obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) immediately causes him a problem: ‘I’ve got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I need to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs,’ he said. ‘I’ll put my Pepsi cans Read More …

How to experience joy – Letter 23

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 23 Seneca describes how to experience joy. I guess I could write about all the trivial things people usually do, but I won’t. In this letter I want to emphasize that happiness doesn’t Read More …

Surveillance and the death of liberty

I guess we can blame Edward Snowden. Since he revealed the extent of US and UK state surveillance Governments have been under pressure to disclose the activities of their spies. They also have felt the need to update the legislation governing them. The proposed Investigatory Powers Bill strikes a balance between this disclosure whilst giving Read More …

Climate change: why we don’t care about it

Climate change concerns around three-quarters of Americans, if you take a recent poll at face value: American women are far more concerned than men about climate change (51% of women see it as a very serious problem vs. only 39% of men). They are also more likely to believe it will affect them personally (36% Read More …

All or Nothing – Letter 22

  In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. I think you understand by now that it’s important to spend time reflecting on your purpose in life, your values and what matters. From this reflection should come plans. Don’t make these plans to Read More …