Selected advice from Seneca

The last two days I’ve been reading through a book called Seneca voor Managers. It’s based on Seneca’s letters to Lucilius. The short texts, some a sentence others a paragraph, are lessons/advise about life and seem to bear some political/economic context. The author of the book put the original Latin text next to the flexible…

Don’t live life too easily! Make it a worthwhile struggle to happiness!

Nietzsche, Happiness, Hardship, Alain de Botton Through Alain de Botton’s book The Consolations of Philosophy, I came across Nietzsche’s notion of hardship, elaborated upon in Nietzsche’s book The Gay Science. De Botton’s interpretation of Nietzsche is that life is not always supposed to be easy and comfortable. In fact, in order to reach a fulfilled life — what…

The Socratic method of thinking

Whilst reading Alain de Botton’s Consolations of Philosophy I came across the so-called Socratic method of thinking, named after the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. The idea of the book, as the title already suggests, is to console you in the everyday difficulties you face. In every chapter a different philosopher takes the stage, dealing with a particular…