Don’t Ban Guns

The frustration and anger was visible when Barack Obama lamented the mass shootings at a community college in Oregon. This was understandable, as it was his 15th such statement.. He said that … thoughts and prayers [do] not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel, and it does nothing to prevent this carnage 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 15. Brain First, Body Second

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 15. Brain First, Body Second Having a philosophy of life allows you to train your mind as though you would train your body. If you don’t have one then it’s a little like doing no Read More …

Letter 14. Get the basics right

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 14. Get the basics right Don’t obsess over your health or looks. Leading a healthy life is a balance, you don’t have to try to look like a body-builder or a cover model. Of course it’s 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 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 10. ​Respect the opinion of others

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 10. Respect the opinion of others I trust you to be by yourself. In other words I mean that I think you can behave reasonably without supervision. Try applying this idea to the people you know. If 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 …

Letter 9. ​Foster true friendships, while they last

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 9. Foster true friendships, while they last You asked about if a person needs to have friends or if you can be content dealing with unhelpful feelings alone. Well, yes you can face feelings Read More …