Then I will be happy! Fame and being Insulted

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Then I will be happy! Fame and being Insulted

Then I will be happy! Fame and being Insulted

    I wrote this article about three miscellaneous themes we encounter in life. Namely, goal directed behaviour (then I will be happy), fame and being at the receiving end of insults. In addition with some stoic psychology thrown in the mix the purpose is to raise awareness and gain greater understanding of these themes so that we gain apathia or freedom from afflictive emotions (pathos).     Goal Directed Behaviour Just like a Roman senator who thinks “when my service to Rome is finished I will retire to my countryside villa, then I will be happy” the modern individual

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Time Gives No Refunds!

Time Gives No Refunds!

This article is concerned with the theme of time as an important commodity. With an analysis of Seneca’s ‘On Saving Time’ a short letter to Lucilius, Seneca’s friend. I pick out statements from the letter and give my own commentary on them with a conclusion at the end of the article to finish off. Feel free to comment!     “Continue to act thus, my dear Lucilius – set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which till lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands” -Seneca Seneca

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Marcus Aurelius on the futility of Kleos (Everlasting Fame)

Marcus Aurelius on the futility of Kleos (Everlasting Fame)

We’ve all seen them, those fame hungry and vapid stars of reality TV who hope that a few weeks brief appearance on some ‘entertainment,’ show will elevate them to the point of stardom, that all will love them and celebrate their existence from now until eternity. How does the Stoic feel about Kleos (everlasting fame)? What’s really going on? Is it a worthwhile pursuit? ‘People who are excited by posthumous fame forget that the people who remember them will soon die too. And those after them in turn. Until their memory, passed from one to another like a candle flame,

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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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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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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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Life Philosophy – What is it and why should we care?

Life Philosophy – What is it and why should we care?

Some of you may have noticed the category ‘life philosophy’ on this site. I feel that it deserves clarification and explaining as to what it about. Life philosophy is personal self-development through philosophical therapy that practitioners apply to themselves. Life philosophy is about changing the self’s behaviour and attitudes by changing the way the mind thinks, by encouraging beneficial thinking patterns and attitudes and at the same time, by removing or atrophying harmful thinking patterns, habits and attitudes. Similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy no? Well, mastering mind and behaviour has been practised since ancient times By doing this you are investing in your long

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We’re bringing sexy back, or why Seneca knew there’d be days like this…

We’re bringing sexy back, or why Seneca knew there’d be days like this…

During a recent chat with my good friend Epicurus of Albion, we both agreed that it should be the mission of this website and our goal as human beings to bring stoicism back to its rightful place as a popular discipline of mind to help people everywhere retain their inner peace during challenging life circumstances. Stoicism is the ultimate life philosophy, it’s ancient, tried and tested and empowering. The average human being fears loss and pain, a fact that nobody tends to acknowledge in modern life despite the fact that it is pretty much guaranteed to come along at some

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The Technique of Naturalistic Mindfulness

The Technique of Naturalistic Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique used to for many reasons such as to improve mental health and wellbeing and to help one think more clearly. One definition of mindfulness from the internet by someone called Jon Kabat-Zinn, which I think succinctly sums it up is: “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.” Naturalistic mindfulness has similar principles but is a different technique as the purpose is different being used for the improvement of understanding in natural knowledge, so it’s different from conventional mindfulness in the sense that you are applying the best

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