Monthly Archives: December 2015

Evolutionary Programming

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Our brain is a perfect machine, built for an ancient world. We evolved not so that we could have a good life but so that we would be more likely to survive and reproduce. Indeed, an individual who is utterly miserable but manages, despite his misery, to survive and reproduce...

The Satisfaction Treadmill

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The Stoics pointed to two principal sources of human unhappiness: our tendency to worry about things beyond our control (see my previous post) and our insatiability. According to Stoicism, it will be unlikely to obtain a good and meaningful life unless we can overcome (or channel) our insatiability, which is...

Trichothomy of Control

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The Stoics advise us to perform a kind of triage with respect to the elements of our life and sort them into: those we have no control over, those we have complete control over, and those we have some but not complete control over....

Reality

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A core message from Stoicism is that perceptions are not real – they are wholly manufactured by our minds. “Everything you can imagine is real” –  Pablo Picasso Reality is the interpretation of the events that happens around us.  We are processing external events via an intracate filter of culture,...

North Star

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What is your “grand goal in living”? What is the one goal that you are unwilling to sacrifice to attain other goals? If you don’t know your one goal, you might not see your North Star yet. Without a North Star, despite all your efforts, successes and satisfactions, there is...