Marcus Aurelius on Death and the Cessation of Being

Marcus Aurelius on Death and the Cessation of Being

Like all great philosophers Marcus Aurelius the noblest of the Emperors of Rome also pondered death.  Here’s a collection of quotes detailing what he had to say on the subject. “You boarded, you set sail, you’ve made the passage.  Time to disembark. If it’s for another life, well, there’s nowhere without gods on that side either.  If to nothingness, then you no longer have to put up with pain and pleasure, or go on dancing attendance on this battered crate, your body—so much inferior to that which serves it. “One is mind and spirit, the other earth and garbage.” Marcus

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Why is Sophistry Bad?

Why is Sophistry Bad?

Thanks to Plato and his dialogues of Socrates the term ‘Sophist,’ is not held in high esteem. To accuse someone of ‘sophistry’ is to imply that they are acting in bad faith and not being entirely honest in their arguments. In contrast, a ‘sophisticated’ person is held to be in high esteem, like James Bond, suave, cool and well educated, a gentleman packed full of worldly experience. Whether it’s fashion, culture, sports and politics a sophisticated man not only knows it all but also knows how to behave in different places and circumstances. He can fit in anywhere and advance

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The Stoic Virtue – Temperance

The Stoic Virtue – Temperance

Temperance is one of the 4 Stoic Virtues and is best summed up as a moderated, balanced and disciplined life. For example whilst it’s undoubtedly good to work for a living, it’s not temperate to work all of the day, every day of the week. To do so means missing out on other things, such as time with friends, family, various entertainments and people who interest you. Likewise, not working at all is also not temperate. A man without an income is also liable to miss out on many things that make life worthwhile. Work has to be balanced with

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Thoughts on Virtue, Part 1 – Sacred Life

Thoughts on Virtue, Part 1 – Sacred Life

If whilst walking in the countryside you encounter a spider’s web that blocks your path, do you go around or do you break it? Does it matter if the spider is present or absent? What do you do? Do you stop and consider that both you and spider are equally precious, the universe has yielded you both in the same big bang. So what do you do, do you walk on by, finding a divergent route, or simply walk through it, breaking the tiny threads? Likewise, if you see an insect struggling for life, trapped on the surface of a

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