Being Better – a book on Stoicism

Zeno of Citium founded Stoicism at the Stoa Poikile – the Painted Porch – a colonnade that stood outside the public market in Athens over two thousand years ago. Zeno’s followers took the name of the porch rather than Zeno’s name which says a lot about this philosophy. Zeno argued that there is only oneContinue reading “Being Better – a book on Stoicism”

What’s the difference between explorers, anthropologists and tourists

Criticism of explorer Benedict Allen, rescued in Papua New Guinea, raises an important question: when is it legitimate to travel to remote communities?

Bertrand Russell – Quotes

Some quotes from Bertrand Russell for you to ponder over your breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence – “Human Society in Ethics and Politics” (1954) The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. IContinue reading “Bertrand Russell – Quotes”

In the USA happiness is a place called…

Charlottesville, Virginia A new study has named Thomas Jefferson’s home town the feelgood capital of the US, but residents say that just means liberal values and a sense of community

TS Eliot – quotation on simplicity

A quotation for those who are seeking to keep things simple either in their life or in their creative endeavours: “Great simplicity is only won by an intense moment or by years of intelligent effort” T.S. Eliot    

Bertrand Russell – Quotation

I read this quotation out at my Toastmasters meeting last night when I was Jokemaster/Inspirator and theme of the meeting was homlessness! The quotation is from an article called ‘The Science to Save Us from Science’ and was written in 1950. “Mankind has become so much one family that we cannot insure our own prosperityContinue reading “Bertrand Russell – Quotation”

Wise words for the future from the past

I have recently read works by a few famous philosophers and would like to share some of their more memorable quotes with you. Albert Camus – “Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present” Soren Kierkegaard – “A revolutionary age is an age of action; ours is the age of advertisementContinue reading “Wise words for the future from the past”