Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.

- Arthur Koestler
7 months ago
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations, Book2

1. Say thus to thyself every morning: to day I may have to do with some intermeddler in other mens affairs, with an ungrateful man; an insolent, or a crafty, or an envious, or an unsociable selfish man. These bad qualities have befallen them through their ignorance of what things are truly good or evil. But I have fully comprehended the nature of good, as * only what is beautiful and honourable; and of evil, that it is always deformed and shameful; and the nature of those persons too † who mistake their aim; that they are my kinsmen, by partaking, not of the same blood or seed, but of the same ‡ intelligent divine part; and that I cannot be <63> hurt by any of them, since none of them can involve me in any thing dishonourable or deformed. I cannot be angry at my kinsmen, or hate them. We were formed by nature for mutual assistance, as the two feet, the hands, the eyelids, the upper and lower rows of teeth. Opposition to each other is contrary to nature: All anger and aversion is an opposition.

(Page 33).

* This, according to the high style of the Stoics, that virtuous affections and actions are the sole good, and the contrary the sole evil.1 † This is the meek sentiment of Socrates, that as all error is involuntary, so no man is willingly unjust or wicked in his actions: Since all desire truth and goodness. ‡ The Stoics spoke of the rational soul, as a part of the divinity, taken from that infinite intelligent aetherial nature, which pervades and surrounds all things.2 § The apostle Paul alludes to this notion in praying that we may be sanctified in soul, spirit, and body: many ancients conceived in men two principles distinct from the body, one the animal soul or life, like that in beasts, the other the rational, like the divinities or angels. In the former which they supposed to be air, they placed all the sensations and passions. See B. III. art. 16.
8 months ago
One of the things you have trouble adjusting to when you first have kids is the crying. Not just because it’s loud, but because it feels like you’re being stabbed in the heart. We are not meant, evolutionarily, to be good at ignoring crying babies—especially ones we are related to. It provokes us in a very deep place, and that’s a good thing.

But, as they get older, you’ll have to learn how to manage this. Because it’s inevitable that your children will be upset, even cry, throughout their lives. You son will fall and hurt himself. Your daughter will be angry that her toy broke. They’ll be sad. They’ll get dumped. They’ll be heartbroken. They’ll get fired and they will fail.

As a father, you have to understand this critical lesson: Tears are not indictments. They are facts. They are not problems for you to solve, or charges for you to defend yourself against. They are pronouncements. What your kids need is for you to listen to them. To hear what they are saying. No more. No less.

They don’t need a lecture. They don’t need you to tell them how they can avoid this next time. They definitely don’t need to be told how this is not a big deal...or conversely, how this is a huge deal and totally their fault. They just need you. They need dad. They need dad to understand.
9 months ago
We suffer more in imagination than in reality.

- Seneca
9 months ago
How difficult it is to be simple.

- Vincent Van Gogh
9 months ago
Below is some advice from Seneca on parenting:

- Spur them to conceive of great things for themselves, but curb them from arrogance.
- Let them enjoy some comforts of wealth without indulging their every whim.
- Show them how to get up when they fall—don’t pick them right up.
- Instruct them, don’t just punish them.
- Praise them, but not excessively.
- Allow some relaxation without fostering laziness.
- Reward them when quiet what was denied them when they cried for it.
- Expose them to good role models.

Seneca understood that parenting is a balancing act. You want your kids to be confident but not obnoxious. To feel special but not entitled. Comfortable but not spoiled. You want them to be happy, but also know how to handle disappointment and rejection. To not have to struggle but know how to overcome. To be self-sufficient, but also know how to be a team player. To be carefree, but also value hard work.
9 months ago
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

-Nelson Mandela
10 months ago
It is not the man who has too little that is poor, but the one who hankers after more.

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
10 months ago
Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We've been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
10 months ago
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
10 months ago
Video games allow us, as William Blake says, as children do, as Miyamoto does, to "hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour." The question is not if video games qualify as art, or if video games can stand up to the art of the past, rather, it is how to find a new language to speak of video games as art.
10 months ago
Not needing wealth to be happy is more valuable than the wealth itself is.

- Epictetus
10 months ago
As Seneca notes about Old Age;

If God is pleased to add another day, we should welcome it with glad hearts.
10 months ago
As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all, and make it your own possession. We much seize what flees.

- Seneca
10 months ago
During my interview today I poured some water into a cup and it overflowed a little bit.
“Nervous?”, asked the interviewer.
I simply replied, “No, I just always give 110%.”

– @doubletexts
10 months ago
This is what you deserve. You could be good today, but instead, you choose tomorrow.

- Marcus Aurelius
10 months ago
Don’t be afraid of competition.

Being the only company is a particular market can be daunting, especially as you try to generate attention for the problem you’re looking to solve. But don’t let competition entering the space put you off; competition is proof that you’re onto something, and can force you to focus and improve.
10 months ago
We can spend our days wishing our circumstances were different, but if we allow ourselves to do this, we will spend our days in a state of dissatisfaction. Alternatively, if we can learn to want whatever it is we already have, we won't have to work to fulfill you desires in order to gain satisfaction; they will already have been fulfilled.

- Book, A Guide to Good Life by William B. Irvine.
10 months ago
Seeking desire for the things we already own instead of seeking more and more material stuff...
10 months ago
Stoic tranquility is a psychological state marked by the absence of negative emotions, such as grief, anger, and anxiety, and the presence of positive emotions, such as joy.

- Book, A Guide To The Good Life by William B. Irvine
10 months ago