A New Way To Think About Negativity

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Why Death Is Only A Problem For The Living

Max Edwards is 16 and death is imminent. Five months ago, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He now measures time in distinct chunks, focusing on events – a holiday or a party. In this article I explore that while he is dying, he is dying well. Life and Death I struggled to read this article in Read More …

Simple Steps to a Virtuous Life of Purpose

Purpose: do you have one? Are you unsure to your passion and your direction in life? Don’t worry as you’re not alone. Most people are in the same situation. This post provides a few pointers to how you can gain some clarity, and start living. A Life of Purpose and Virtue Stoicism’s prime directives are Read More …

Does Stoicism Still Have A Legacy?

The Legacy of Stoicism Stoicism, the third great philosophy of the Ancient World. It still has a huge amount to teach us, especially in these emotion-saturated times. What’s more, the Stoic legacy has shaped our world in more ways than you might expect. Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming Read More …

Stoicism When You’re Lonely

Feelings of being lonely are on the rise. In this post I explore a few ideas about how Stoicism could help to combat this. Coping with this, accepting it, and learning how to direct our own lives with some degree of grace and satisfaction. How many people feel lonely? It is estimated that around 60 million people in the Read More …

The Transformative Power of Stoic Gratitude

How much gratitude do you show? Many studies have shown a clear correlation between gratitude and increased well-being. This is not only for the individual but for all people involved. The positive psychology movement has embraced these studies. To increase well-being they have begun to incorporate exercises to increase gratitude into the movement. Although in Read More …

Amor Fati: How To Learn To Love Your Choices

Choices: The world is what it is. The things that happen to us, are what they are. People will do what they do. A huge source of unhappiness, in my opinion, is the inability most of us have is accepting the ups and downs of life and the choices that result from these. In other Read More …

Robots, Taxation and Slavery

Most people misunderstand Stoicism. They believe that Stoics are unemotional robots. It’s this misconception that draws me, from time to time, to think about the role of robots in society today. And perhaps how they are like our version of slaves. And also, what the consequences of their unstoppable march are on society. Firstly, should Read More …

Why I Don’t Love Luck (And Why You Shouldn’t Too!)

People are irrational. They believe in luck. One manifestation of this is the scramble to buy National Lottery tickets. As of last October last year you had around a one in 14 million chance of winning. This is when there were 49 balls, now that there are 59 balls you’ll now have a one in Read More …

Suffering, Death, and Routine – Letter 24

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 24 Seneca describes Death, Routine and Suffering. Suffering – life is full of it. And pain can be just around the corner. You don’t know what each day will bring. Some of these issues Read More …