Three Simple Ideas To Peace and Contentment

Two books I’ve read recently have helped me to clarify my thoughts on where peace and contentment come from in our lives. These are, When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön and Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner. In this post I’ll explore some of the ideas from these books. They don’t present many new ideas. Read More …

A New Way To Think About Negativity

Negativity. At times we all fall prey to lingering on the less than positive. We may wallow in self-pity and turn tiny things into a huge dramas. In this post I share a few stoic related ideas to enable you to live the happy, fulfilling life you deserve. I start by examining people who forever 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 …

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 …

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 …

How to experience joy – Letter 23

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. In letter 23 Seneca describes how to experience joy. I guess I could write about all the trivial things people usually do, but I won’t. In this letter I want to emphasize that happiness doesn’t Read More …

Letter 21. Don’t be your own barrier to success

  In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 21. Don’t be your own barrier to success Don’t be your own barrier to success. And the main barrier to success is not having a purpose in life. If this is unclear then Read More …

Letter 20. Model the Way

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 20. Model the Way Let your actions speak louder than words when you are on your journey to becoming the best possible person you can be. Don’t get grumpy by, what in the grand Read More …