Moral Letters

Moral Letters

This is a modern take on Seneca's Moral Letters to Lucilius. I use them as tools in the ongoing search for what it means to live a good life. Although Seneca's words have been mined for centuries, each generation keeps turning up gemstones. I seek to polish old stones to show them in a new light.
Sep
02
A Little Philosophy Goes A Long Way (Newsletter 062)

A Little Philosophy Goes A Long Way (Newsletter 062)

In our journey to finding happiness, thinking for ourselves is the key to unlock and then banish all the bad habits that may have crept into our lives.
5 min read
Sep
01
124 - On Reason Of The Well-Ordered Mind - Moral Letters for Modern Times

124 - On Reason Of The Well-Ordered Mind - Moral Letters for Modern Times

If you sometimes felt I have given you new burdens by asking you to think and to study, you now know it was to free you of the burden of accepting what everyone else does.
4 min read
Aug
29
123 - On Thinking For Yourself - Moral Letters for Modern Times

123 - On Thinking For Yourself - Moral Letters for Modern Times

What the Stoic rejects is conformity to the illusion that pursuing luxuries will bring satiety, that desiring more will ever bring about the condition of feeling one has enough.
6 min read
Aug
25
122 - On Being A Nonconformist - Moral Letters for Modern Times

122 - On Being A Nonconformist - Moral Letters for Modern Times

No matter how difficult the world becomes when you speak the truth, do you really think it will be better if you tell yourself and others lies instead?
6 min read
Aug
22
121 - On Instincts And Archetypes - Moral Letters for Modern Times

121 - On Instincts And Archetypes - Moral Letters for Modern Times

We have the capacity to respond to our circumstances, and some responses will bring better results than others.
4 min read
Aug
18
120 - On Divining Virtue - Moral Letters for Modern Times

120 - On Divining Virtue - Moral Letters for Modern Times

Repeated observations do not necessarily lead to firmer conclusions, because we are unreliable, biased observers, and inconsistent in our thinking.
6 min read
Aug
15
119 - On Nature As A Guide - Moral Letters for Modern Times

119 - On Nature As A Guide - Moral Letters for Modern Times

A need arises naturally and is satisfied naturally. A luxury is fabricated and requires an elaborate system to create and maintain.
4 min read
Aug
11
118 - On Stepping Off The Treadmill - Moral Letters for Modern Times

118 - On Stepping Off The Treadmill - Moral Letters for Modern Times

It is certainly good to be confident in what you are doing because self-doubt is destructive of peace of mind. But it is better to first be self-critical and to reflect on what you are doing.
4 min read
Aug
08
117 - On The AI Philosopher - Moral Letters for Modern Times

117 - On The AI Philosopher - Moral Letters for Modern Times

Wisdom consists not just in making a correct decision, but in making it with understanding of the reason why.
4 min read
Aug
03
116 - On Slippery Slopes - Moral Letters for Modern Times

116 - On Slippery Slopes - Moral Letters for Modern Times

Can you tell me now which of your indulgences let grown into vices will be your undoing, or will you tell me that you are safe from all temptation?
4 min read