Merry Christmas from the Stand Up Philosophers 2017

Merry Christmas from the Stand Up Philosophers 2017

Merry Christmas from the Stand Up Philosophers 2017

Merry Christmas from my colleague (Epicurus of Albion) and I (Comicus Muo) to all of our august and noble readers from across the world. 2017 has been a good year for us wannabe philosophers who starting a blog with zero visitors have seen it gain an enormous amount of traction this year. The comments we’ve received from our readers are kind, thoughtful, constructive and highly welcome. We’ve come to love our readers and their own unique philosophical insights into the ‘good life,’ and welcome all comments and points of view and will endeavour to do our best to broaden our

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Lucretius ponders how spirits inhabit new bodies

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

I’ve recently been struck by the fact that the noble Emperor Marcus Aurelius began his meditations by giving thanks. The first book ‘The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Debts and Lessons,’ begins with him listing in words every good person that he’d met who’d had some positive influence on him. Everyone from old friends, advisors, people of note and teachers are included. He includes both the exalted and the humble in this first meditation. Whilst initially you might think, ‘what’s the point of this?’ desperately trying to plough through it to the ‘interesting stuff,’ (like I did) about life, the universe

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Seneca on Suffering, Wisdom and Adversity…

Seneca on Suffering, Wisdom and Adversity…

The meaning of life. As we’ve previously mentioned in other articles for there to be a meaning of life (as opposed to the meaning you may choose to give your own life) it has to meet the following criteria to be true… CUOT It has to be compulsory, universal (applicable to everyone) and obvious, so obvious in fact that there wouldn’t even be a question as to the meaning of life, everyone would know why we exist and understand our role is in the grand scheme of things making it unquestionably true. Lots of people may tell you what they

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Seneca on the Happy Life.

Seneca on the Happy Life.

“For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast – a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part from the happy life nor add any part to it? A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and

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On Birth, Death, History and the Restoration to Non-Existence

On Birth, Death, History and the Restoration to Non-Existence

 Just like fire we have our kindling and our extinguishing       If you’re looking for hard-hitting contemplations tugging on your sense of impending mortality then you’re in the right place! No sugar-coating by the fairies here! We slam straight into this show! Living is that intermediate process between birth and death. Life is a process not a substance like water or gold. With any process there is an eventual terminal point and in the case of life that is death. Before you were born, you had no name, no gender, no body, no relationships etc. In short your history was as

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Use your privilege, a modern stoic concept…

Use your privilege, a modern stoic concept…

“Nobody is born on purpose,” at least that’s what Morty said to Summer in my favourite contemporary cartoon series, and so it goes that nobody has any control over the circumstances surrounding their birth or the conditions that they were born into. Whether you are born into luxury with a silver spoon in your mouth or born into poverty with a plastic spoon in your mouth or spoonless extreme poverty is just a roll of the cosmic dice that none of us has any control over whatsoever, so why worry about it all you might ask? “Contented poverty is an

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Life will get the bastards anyway – A modern Stoic concept

Life will get the bastards anyway – A modern Stoic concept

DEFINITION OF ‘LIFE WILL GET THE BASTARDS ANYWAY’ The concept of ‘life will get the bastards anyway’ is defined by this simple statement : “Life will cause your adversaries dissatisfaction, disappointment, grief, setbacks, despair, depression; in short, far more suffering than you can ever dish out onto them.” Superficially, This concept, which is a particular way of looking at things, appears malignant but take the time to look at it this way. If we substitute the consequences of anger, the emotion itself and the possible actions that could follow from it, for instead, this philosophical concept and its thoughts. We

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The audiences’ reaction to happy nihilism

The countenance of the audience on having read Comicus’ article ‘Happy Nihilism’    

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Philosophy Vs Religion

Philosophy Vs Religion

I sometimes get asked what the difference is between philosophy and religion.  I can understand why people would ask this, after all many religions are quite philosophical in nature in that they espouse a set of values that are largely coherent. I’m thinking of you Siddhartha The most obvious example of this is of course Buddhism, which shares many elements in common with our favourite philosophical discipline, namely stoicism.  Other religions such as hinduism and Jainism contain lots of philosophical elements that are indeed worthy, having such gravitas that they’ve become a mainstream part of the LSD tripping, Hashish smoking

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