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 …

Letter 12. ​Embrace age and its benefits

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 12. Embrace age and its benefits I’m feeling my age; memories are fading and gone are the days where I can act on impulse. If I do this now it hurts too much. Even tough structures Read More …

Letter 4. Don’t Fear Death

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 4. Don’t Fear Death Achieve calmness by tackling your fear of death and desire for a longer life. Fear of the moment of death is pointless anyway as your existence leaves you constantly. It isn’t as though all your whole life disappears Read More …

Make Constant Progress – Letter 32

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 32 Seneca discusses why its important to constantly progress towards being virtuous. I’ve asked after you. I want to keep an eye on what activities you’re spending your time on. And, of course, Read More …

How Well Will You Die? – Letter 30

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 30 Seneca suggests helpful ways of thinking about how to die. When you get old you, no matter how fit and healthy you think you are, you’ll find that you start to have aches, Read More …

Death is Inevitable, Aging isn’t – Letter 26

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral Letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 26 Seneca describes how to approach death and aging. I was telling you recently that I started to feel old. On second thoughts, I don’t even consider myself as old. That is now Read More …

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 …

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 …

All or Nothing – Letter 22

  In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. I think you understand by now that it’s important to spend time reflecting on your purpose in life, your values and what matters. From this reflection should come plans. Don’t make these plans to Read More …

Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God

Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God by Greta Christina My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is short, direct and to the point, a little like this review. Here are the notes I made: The problem with death Death is an appalling and scary thought. Its hardwired into your Read More …