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 …

Guide to the Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy

William Irvine’s A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy (2009) is one of the best-selling and most immediately accessible introductions to Stoic philosophy. It’s one I recommend to people who are new to Stoicism and want to learn more about it. I do, however, advise you to read The Antidote by 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 …

10 Amazing Maxims For A Focused, Conscious Life

You cannot correct that which you do not know you’re doing incorrectly. You must catch your mistake before you can fix it. – Seneca, Letters from a Stoic Letter 28.10 ZZZZZZZZ ……. The alarm rings! BZZZZZZZZZ!!! Time to wake up. Your brain fog  clears. The cognitive gears begin to grind and mesh together. The brain loads memories; the first Read More …

Letter 2. The importance of concentration and focus

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 2. The Importance of Concentration and Focus We live in a world full of information. So much so that it is easy to become diverted and side-tracked by it all. Even if you can Read More …

Letter 1. On saving time

In this series of blog posts I attempt to translate the Moral letters to Lucilius by Seneca into modern English. Letter 1. Don’t waste time How we use the time when we are alive is the only thing that belongs to us. And using this limited amount of time well is the most important thing we Read More …