The Ultimate One Page Guide To Stoicism

The Ultimate One Page Guide To Stoicism: While I have lots of ideas and thoughts about Stoicism, it occurred to me that I tend to jumble them together. When trying to describe the main concepts and themes they often blur together. This conspires to make Stoicism sound more complex than it needs to be. In Read More …

How to do your Stoic Duty

Should you have a duty to others, even if they are not virtuous? In Book II of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius he suggests: When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell 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 …

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 …

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 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 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 …

Letter 11. ​Accept involuntary responses

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 11. Accept involuntary responses Is it possible to have complete control of your emotions, at all times? To look and act as though nothing is bothering you? I don’t believe that it is. No matter 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 …