Was China’s one child policy in accordance with nature?

One of the largest social experiments ever is coming to a halt. China has decided to drop its one-child policy first introduced in 1979. Faced with an aging population it will now allow all couples to have two children. Officials suggested that the approach stopped around 400 million births. This, in theory, reduced the need Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

10 Amazing Maxims For A Focused, Conscious Life

You cannot correct that which you do not know you’re doing incorrectly. You must catch your mistake before you can fix it. – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Letter 28.10 ZZZZZZZZ ……. The alarm rings! BZZZZZZZZZ!!! Time to wake up. Your brain fog  clears. The cognitive gears begin to grind and mesh together. The brain loads memories; the first Read More …

Goals are hard. Want 100% success? Here’s how

For many years goals fixated me. I’ve long been a planner and a goal setter. In the past, I’d set a goal or three for the year, and then sub-goals for each month. Then I’d figure out what action steps to take each week and each day, and try to focus my day on those steps. Read More …

The Most Important Idea For Finding Happinesss

The present moment: Seneca used a rule of thumb, learned from Hecato of Rhodes: Hecato says, ‘cease to hope and you will cease to fear.’ . . . The primary cause of both these ills is that instead of adapting ourselves to present circumstances we send out thoughts too far ahead. – Seneca, Moral Letters, Read More …

The Inconvenient Truth About Living A Happy Life

Do you believe that you can control most things? If so, then you’re wrong. While you may think that you’re in control in reality you aren’t. In this post I’ll explore why control is an illusion. Why we spend a huge amount of time in a quest to gain control, security and comfort.  This is Read More …

Stoic Control: the Overlooked Factor You Must Know About

Stoicism teaches that you should accept things you cannot control or change. But how exactly do you know what you can and can’t control or change? And what is the one often overlooked reason which can lead to success? In this post I’ll explore some ideas and techniques that have been helpful to me. They Read More …

Resolutions: Why You’ll Never Succeed This New Year

Resolutions, we all set them when a New Year comes around. We start to believe that we can improve our lives. We are going to change for the better. We are not going to be stuck in the same old rut again this year. Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m a great Read More …