Stupidity is a choice"virtue does not come to a mind unless it is trained and taught and brought to its highest condition by constant exercise." - Seneca, Letters, 9…
Being one’s own person is wealth beyond measure"What is freedom, you ask? To fear no human being and no god, to want neither what is base nor what is excessive, to have absolute power over on…
No one can live a truly happy life without philosophy"no one can live a truly happy life, or even a bearable life, without philosophy; also, that while it is complete wisdom that renders a life hap…
Why luxury is bad for usYesterday, I claimed that luxury is not a preferred indifferent. Is it a dispreffered indifferent then? No. In the passage below Seneca goes int…
The importance of being not just opposed but hostile to luxury“What is most important in human life? Not filling the seas with fleets, nor setting up standards on the shore of the Red Sea, nor, when the ear…
Who dares tell himself the truth?"Have no doubt: self-adulation is more destructive to us than the adulation of others. Who dares tell himself the truth?" - Seneca, On Tranquili…
If you're not a philosopher, you don't know whether you're happy or not Obviously, in some sense we are all philosophers. We are all able - to a certain extent - to explain what we mean by the key concepts we use and…
A state ruled by philosophers is a happy stateIt's always interesting to see how wonderfully interconnected Plato’s dialogues are - but here is a particularly important example. Plato has of…
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Socrates and the Stoics