Tag: Happiness

The Benefits of Examining Yourself

My book Don’t Go Abroad, Go Within  is a practical application of the principle that examining your thoughts will give you a greater awareness and control over your life. It shows how to get out of the tunnel by taking you in it. Dare to know what you really think and feel and you will gain in mind clarity and happiness. This is the most important step you can take to know how much you are in control of your destiny –  can you really separate yourself from the past? The transformation that is required to advance is not going

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What is the real cause of happiness? – Stoicism 2

In the previous article I dealt with the root question of Stoicism, in this one I will go further and examine where happiness lies for human beings. What does really matter to us as human beings. Virtue = Good – Only virtue can bring happiness. Live virtuously = goal of humans, the rest is indifferent. When we embark on the path to satisfy our desires, we start a chain of events that will be infinite. No desire satisfaction lasts for ever, after each desire satisfied another one rises and so for ever. How can happiness be based on that never-ending

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It Is Pointless Sweating to Get the Superfluous

In the letter IV [Letters to Lucilius], Seneca discusses the correct attitude to be taken towards life and death, because the two are indissoluble indeed. In so doing, he also tells us how to understand “possession”, directing our attention to its essential characteristic, which always implies the possibility of loss. It is not worth living as if our happiness depended on attachment to things or to life itself: on the contrary, the opposite is true, and that is that a serene life depends on the awareness of its transientness. Thus, we can live a better life in quality, without paying

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What is more important: Freedom, Justice, Happiness, Truth?

©Maurizio Bisogno Firstly we should know what these ‘things’ are, and I can only suppose that we have some kind of common ground so that we can suppose we are talking more or less about the same thing. One may say that there could not be justice without freedom, on the other hand, to be free one needs to act within the truth. But how can you ever imagine justice without truth? I consider that freedom and justice pertain to the practical reason. Happiness is a life goal. Now, does it really matter what I have written so far or

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