Reflections on Stoic Week 2015

As I worked through each day in Stoic Week 2015 I jotted down some thoughts. These were a quick and dirty stream of consciousness, my ideas and musings. The themes of each day unfolded, and I wrote. I found this exercise to be helpful in clarifying the suggested daily exercises. Reading these back, you could 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 …

Letter 14. Get the basics right

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 14. Get the basics right Don’t obsess over your health or looks. Leading a healthy life is a balance, you don’t have to try to look like a body-builder or a cover model. Of course it’s Read More …

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 …

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 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 …