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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Why I love Stoicism

Why I love Stoicism

We’ve already mentioned in some of our other articles on this site that to live for pleasure alone is probably not a good life.  It’s ironic that the pursuit of happiness can lead you to places that are not very happy at all. The stoic will see happiness as the necessary byproduct of something else, namely virtue.  The opportunity to practice virtue in your daily life, to measure your own mind, to take time out for introspection so that you can clearly see your own flaws and formulate a plan to deal with them so that you can in turn

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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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11 ways to banish anxiety and Live each day as a separate life.

11 ways to banish anxiety and Live each day as a separate life.

“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.” ― Seneca This is a wonderful quote from a wonderful philosopher, variations of it have been uttered many times, by many people down the centuries since the days of Rome so much so that it’s synonyms have become pop culture favorites of celebs, writers and pseudo-intellectuals (like me) that usually say something along the lines of… ‘Live each day as if it is your last, you never know, you might be right…’ Variations of the above quote exist everywhere from those black framed and mounted motivational

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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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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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On dealing with Anxiety

On dealing with Anxiety

The world is an incredibly complex place and can often be bewildering and frightening. Indeed it can be so complex and so chaotically wonderful that many of us can struggle to cope with all that is going on which can make us feel anxious, fearful, angry or depressed. The human organism has been programmed biologically over hundreds of thousands of years of evolution to look for things that might threaten its survival and avoid them if possible. The things that it can’t avoid, it must then control or seek to overcome, only then can the human organism relax, but what

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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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