Hard lessons: On making the most of our mistakes

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body. Seneca When discussing failure, I often worry that whatever is said will come across as tired, well worn aphorisms. In fact, I imagine you would be hard pushed to find a single individual that doesn’t already agree with the following: That our mistakes are something toContinue reading “Hard lessons: On making the most of our mistakes”

A crisis of control: On coping with Corona

I don’t get it, even what’s happening here. All official proclamations begin with, “No cause for panic, don’t panic”, and then all that they tell you is reasons to panic. Slavoj Zizek At first I really didn’t want to write about this topic. Like, I really didn’t want to. I mean, what more can beContinue reading “A crisis of control: On coping with Corona”

Awaking to engage: Premeditation over mindfulness

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional, and the views expressed are merely my own opinions based upon my own experiences. These should not be taken asContinue reading “Awaking to engage: Premeditation over mindfulness”

Dangerous Polemics: Society and the need for Philosophy

In times such as ours there is a great pressure to come up with concepts that help men understand their dilemma; there is an urge toward vital ideas, toward a simplification of needless intellectual complexity. Sometimes this makes for big lies that resolve tensions and make it easy for action to move forward with justContinue reading “Dangerous Polemics: Society and the need for Philosophy”

Beautiful frauds: Dealing with the impostor within

Judgement does not come suddenly; the proceedings gradually merge into the judgement. Franz Kafka, The Trial During a conversation with some of the others from my course, the concept of impostor syndrome came up recently. This got me thinking back on my own life, and the times in which I have felt inadequate, as ifContinue reading “Beautiful frauds: Dealing with the impostor within”

Ten things we can take away from the Stoics!

Concentrate on what you have to do. Fix your eyes on it. Remind yourself that your task is to be a good human being; remind yourself what nature demands of people. Then do it, without hesitation, and speak the truth as you see it. But with kindness. With humility. Without hypocrisy. Marcus Aurelius In ourContinue reading “Ten things we can take away from the Stoics!”

When things fall apart: Finding well-being in the world of Brexit

Society is our extended mind and body. Alan Watts Throughout philosophy, we find an inextricable link between ourselves and the society of which we are a part of. Many thinkers have expounded upon the theory that, society is not merely the room in which we find ourselves – an external force that interacts with usContinue reading “When things fall apart: Finding well-being in the world of Brexit”