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 …