Rivalry Results in Strife

Rivalry Results in Strife

"Rivalry results in strife," writes Seneca in Letters From a Stoic. A quick Google search of strife gives us the definition: angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict. Rivalry heightens our disagreements, it clouds our judgments, and creates enemies who will oppose us. When we give in to rivalrous forms of thinking, we compare … Continue reading Rivalry Results in Strife

The Value of Difficulties

The Value of Difficulties

"For our powers can never inspire in us implicit faith in ourselves except when many difficulties have confronted us on this side and on that, and have occasionally even come to close quarters with us," writes Seneca in Letters from a Stoic.   In the quote above, Seneca writes that we can never develop a … Continue reading The Value of Difficulties

Living Under Constraints

Living Under Constraints

In Letters From a Stoic, Seneca quotes Epicurus in writing, “It is wrong to live under constraint; but no man is constrained to live under constraint.”   Quite frankly, Seneca and Epicurus are wrong. The stoic thinkers make two arguments in the short quote, and both fail to live up to the reality of humankind's … Continue reading Living Under Constraints

Our Opinion Shapes Our Experience

Our Opinion Shapes Our Experience

A funny thing happened with people's thoughts about the economy following the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Supporters of Hillary Clinton prior to the election had strong feelings about the economy, while Republican supporters of Donald Trump thought the economy was terrible. In the days and weeks following the election, perceptions of the … Continue reading Our Opinion Shapes Our Experience

What we need for happiness

What We Need For Happiness

A challenge in our world today is to be content without the need for too many things. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements about things we could buy and about how happy we would be if we had more stuff. We attach material possessions to lifestyles and people, and in some ways we look toward … Continue reading What We Need For Happiness