I flew out of town today. At the airport’s TSA checkpoint I was pulled aside for additional searching. Turns out, my hands tested positive for a chemical that was red flagged. I asked them what chemical it was. I didn’t get an answer. As two agents searched through my stuff, they commented how nicely folded … [Read more…]

Superficial Solutions

“Sometimes we divert our mind with public shows or gladiatorial contests, but in the very midst of the distractions of the spectacles it is undermined by some little reminder of its loss. Therefore it is better to conquer our grief than to deceive it. For if it has withdrawn, being merely beguiled by pleasures and … [Read more…]

The Upside of Misfortune

“Everlasting misfortune does have one blessing, that it ends up by toughening those whom it constantly afflicts.”  “…so you must now offer yourself bravely for treatment…For all your sorrow have been wasted on you if you have not yet learned how to be wretched. “That a soul which has conquered so many miseries will be … [Read more…]

Taleb’s Stoicism

In his book Antifragile, Nassim Taleb defines a modern Stoic as “someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desires into undertaking.” My interpretation: Fear into prudence: Don’t be overtaken by your fears. Don’t forget them either though. Be cautious. Pain into information: Understand what caused the pain and don’t repeat … [Read more…]