Was China’s one child policy in accordance with nature?

One of the largest social experiments ever is coming to a halt. China has decided to drop its one-child policy first introduced in 1979. Faced with an aging population it will now allow all couples to have two children. Officials suggested that the approach stopped around 400 million births. This, in theory, reduced the need Read More …

Reflections on Stoic Week 2015

As I worked through each day in Stoic Week 2015 I jotted down some thoughts. These were a quick and dirty stream of consciousness, my ideas and musings. The themes of each day unfolded, and I wrote. I found this exercise to be helpful in clarifying the suggested daily exercises. Reading these back, you could Read More …

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 …

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 …

There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance

Has Britain got its priorities right? I’m sure we all work with people who look at relaxation and the desire to have a life outside of the office as suspect. Take Jeremy Corbyn for instance; he takes a vacation to Scotland and he gets it in the neck. Why can’t he have some time off? It doesn’t Read More …

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 …

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 …

Stumped by Stoicism? Learn 7 key principles in under 1 min

Confusing, bewildering, information overload! These were my thoughts when I first started out with Stoicism. I knew I wanted a cohesive philosophy of life, but I wasn’t sure what the main points were. Failure to have philosophy of life guaranteed that I wasn’t making the most of my limited time. I soon realised that everyone Read More …

Hold your nerves: Why a little stress may be good for you

Stoic exercises include those that promote self discomfort and self control. These practices have two goals: i) to prepare yourself for possible adversity; ii) to develop a sense of appreciation of your current circumstances. As Irvine suggests in his book: Musonius takes this technique one step further: He thinks that besides living as if bad Read More …

The Inconvenient Truth About Living A Happy Life

Do you believe that you can control most things? If so, then you’re wrong. While you may think that you’re in control in reality you aren’t. In this post I’ll explore why control is an illusion. Why we spend a huge amount of time in a quest to gain control, security and comfort.  This is Read More …