The true worth of adversity

Book: Dialogues and Essays by Seneca Art: Group of Mountain Climbers Beside the Pasterze Glacier by Munsch Leopold Reading time: 4 mins When his friend Lucilius asked why good people suffer from misfortune, the Roman philosopher Seneca answered that nothing bad can happen to a good person. Seneca tells Lucilius that a good person is […]


The fear of Knowledge

Book: Towards a psychology of being by Abraham Maslow Art: Het moeras by Anton Mauve Reading time: 3 mins The American psychologist Abraham Maslow suggested that there exists, in many of us, a general feeling of dread towards being curious and acquiring knowledge. Maslow stated that to avoid anxiety, many people refuse to learn about […]


The psychology of self-actualized people

Book: Toward a psychology of being by Abraham Maslow Art: An Adirondack Lake by Winslow Homer Reading time: 10 mins A theory of mental health In Toward a psychology of being, the psychologist Abraham Maslow puts forward a theory of psychological health that is predicated on the fulfilment of human needs. Maslow believed that fellow psychologists tended […]

The sacred need for Silence

Book: The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley Art: Sunset on the Hudson by Charles H Chapin Reading time: 5 mins In the Christian religion, speaking in a way that is unrestrained and indiscriminate is considered morally evil. According to the bible, for “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in […]

The essence of Agnosticism

Book: Agnosticism by Robin Le Poidevin Art: A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie by Albert Bierstadt Reading time: 8 mins A misconception In the myth of Adam and Eve, one of the first privileges granted to Adam is that of naming all the animals in the Garden of Eden. With the ability to […]

The attitude to adopt for an absurd world

Book: The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus Art: Mountain Landscape with Rainbow by Caspar David Friedrich Reading time: 6 mins The philosopher Albert Camus said that “there is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide”. According to Camus, the fundamental question that philosophy should try to answer is whether life is […]

The quiet power of introverts

Book: Quiet by Susan Cain Art: Far, far away Soria Moria Palace shimmered like Gold by Theodor Kittelsen Reading time: 7 mins A life of the mind Our personality greatly shapes who we are as individuals and influences nearly every aspect of our life. Our place on the introversion-extroversion spectrum, in particular, seems to have […]

The obligation to think with effort

Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Art: Le Triglav by Markus Pernhart Reading time: 7 mins The flawed mind When we think about human nature, the idea that we are rational beings is one that is generally accepted. Every day we are bombarded with a sea of situations which we must face by […]

The Stoic attitude to Anger

Book: A Guide to the Good life by William Irvine Art: Ixion précipité dans les Enfers by Jules-Élie Delaunay Reading time: 3 mins As discussed in a previous post, the philosophy of Stoicism focuses on minimising the amount of negative emotions in the mind. One of these undesired emotions is anger, which followers of Stoicism, […]

The Stoic techniques for tranquility

Book: A Guide to the Good life by William Irvine Art: The Lookout by Henry Scott Tuke Reading time: 5 mins Stoicism is a school of philosophy that was founded in ancient Greece in the 3rd century BC. Members of Stoicism, also known as Stoics, teach that by using one’s rational mind to understand our […]