A Stoic Meditation

I’ve recently adopted the habit of a brief meditation in the morning. It helps me get prepared for the day and not forget my keys and such. After a few weeks of random meditations, I decided to standardize and write a small verse to recite that encapsulates my life philosophy, and how I want to approach each day.  Continue reading

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A Life in a Single Word

If you had to express the way you want to live your life in a single word, what would your word be? Some people might scoff at a silly game like this, but I think it has some value because it forces you to do some self reflection. Make an honest effort to do this properly, and you might find the task more difficult than you expect. You can’t just pick random words, or feel-good words. Each word requires a justification that involves honestly describing yourself, your goals, and why that word describes you or is important to you. If those ideas aren’t already clear in your mind, then the task is difficult. Once you’ve completed the task, you might find you have a better understanding of yourself.

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Stoicism – Becoming an Emotional Black Belt

Life philosophy is an interesting subject to try and study in a practical sense. When I’m intentionally trying to build strength, I might do push-ups, squats, or other exercises designed to target a specific muscle group. If I wanted to sharpen my mind, I might read a textbook and try to memorize facts or solve problems with known solutions. What equivalent is there for emotional practise? Is there a school you can go to with the explicit purpose of exposing your vices and training to eliminate them? Is there a place that intentionally makes you angry, afraid, or greedy so you can learn to handle fear, anger, and practise self restraint?

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Opportunity – The Card Game

I’d like to play a game. It’s a card game that I’ve invented to illustrate a concept that’s been bothering me about life. The concept is difficult to describe in words, so I invented a highly simplified model in the form of a card game to try and better understand the nature of the problem. I call my card game ‘Opportunity’. Opportunity is a solo game like solitaire. Here’s how you play: Continue reading

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Thoughts on Writer’s Block – I’m Sorry (but not really)

I have not forgotten you dear readers! I haven’t been particularly attentive with my blogging duties lately. In fact, I’ve been downright neglectful in the last half year, but I can say that I haven’t forgotten you because I never knew most of you to begin with. Also, my blog is free, so you get what you pay for. Ha! Continue reading

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Astrology? Is This Where Philosophy Majors Are Employed?

I don’t believe in astrology.  Telling the future through astronomy, playing the lottery and hoping to win, and predicting stock prices all belong in the same intellectual slop bucket in my opinion.  However, I find it fun to look up my horoscope once and a while just to see what’s up in the universe.  Everyone reads fortune cookies, so give me a break.  Continue reading

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The Manual for Success – Epictetus – The Art of Living

I’m reading Epictetus – The Art of Living, A New Interpretation by Sharon Lebell.   More correctly, I read it in a few hours, and I’m referring to it and re-reading it often ever since.  In my opinion, this book is more valuable than the bible. It can be read in a matter of a few hours, it’s easily understood and applied to real life, and it and contains a wealth of knowledge that can help you lead a better life, avoid failure and attain success. It’s been around for almost 2000 years in Western culture as well.    Why have so few people heard of this? Continue reading

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