What use is philosophy if there's no free willRegardless of whether there is such thing as free will or not, philosophy (reflection, intelligence, insight) will improve our life. "Someone wi…
The life of reasonI'm thinking about the idea of living according to reason at the moment. In Plato's Republic two lives are compared. On the one hand is the life…
Stoic values are firmly grounded in real lifeIt’s interesting that when Seneca talks about “a man who is brave amid adversity” below it is obviously not a fully wise person he has in mind. …
Are our values just given?Who's right in your opinion? Modern “you are all beautiful individuals”-ideology or Socrates? “There's no need to justify or defend your values …
Regarding our obsession with sexSocrates talking to Glaucon in Plato’s Republic: ""can you think of any pleasure that is greater and keener than the one we get from sex?’ ‘I ca…
It's easy to escape from your jobToday I’ll leave you with this quote: "It is easy to escape from your job, dear Lucilius, if you have no regard for the rewards of the job. It i…
To have no other witness than ourselfYour task for today is to practice distinguishing between your own self-knowledge and the acknowledgement from others (or lack thereof). "that p…
No sane man becomes angry with natureThe wise man expects nothing but is prepared for everything. He understands that the reason we get upset with people is that we expect them to b…
Avoid those things that please the manyOccasionally, Seneca gives an excellent summary of Stoicism. This is one of them. "Avoid those things that please the many, the gifts that fortu…
Virtue cannot achieve its highest goal in isolation "Nature created friendship as an aide to virtue, not a comrade in vice, because virtue cannot achieve its highest goal in isolation, but only wh…
No one can be a good man and a good general at the same time"No one can be a good man and a good general at the same time”. - Seneca, On Benefits, 4.37.2 Seneca might as well have said: "No one can be a g…
You will cease to fear if you cease to hope"In the writings of our own Hecaton I find it said that limiting one's desires is beneficial also as a remedy for fear. "You will cease to fear,…