The aim of Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius is for readers to work their way through the 124 letters, creating a Stoic freedom, bringing an experience of joy and well-being in their life, regardless of circumstances. The totality of Seneca’s ambition is not something we can aspire to after developments in philosophy across the last 300 – 500 years. Even so, working with Seneca’s Stoic creed can still facilitate a sense of freedom for us; it can still heal what is amiss in our life; and it can still provide a framework of belief and values to guide us through the insecurities of living with short contracts, casualisation and the ongoing expansion of the gig economy.[Read more…] about Liberty through philosophy exercises
Every city has its distinct culture that we learn to live in whether we grow up there or moved later in life. Similarly, every city has a unique ecology of employment that every denizen navigates to create a successful career. A common career counselling topic in Adelaide, with its distinctive private sector ecology, is how to choose a career structure that provides a realistic guide what you want to achieve within its limitations and opportunities.
A good example of the career structures can be seen watching contemporary films like La La Land. It captures the central career dilemmas of people looking to realise an idea of a good life that entails the moral ideal of authenticity. The film charts the relationship and career trajectory of musician Seb and actor Mia. It is set in Tinsel Town – the city of light – and its biggest corporate businesses, the studios, are offstage characters.[Read more…] about La La Land: a Career Story
Do you want more freedom? If so what sort of freedom are you seeking, and what do you want it for? Seneca’s Letters on ethics begins with the directive to free ourselves. This theme is the core of Seneca’s philosophy, and is the central aim of his program in the Letters.
So what sort of Stoic freedom is at the centre of Seneca’s art of living?
The freeing of ourselves so we live life rather than spending our short time on this planet as slaves and time servers.
For Seneca, the Stoics and other ancient practitioners, philosophy was not just a therapy for healing what is amiss in your life, it was also the truest and perhaps only pathway to the most important freedom.
If we chose Seneca’s Letters as our life coaching resource, we join a tradition that legions of people have subscribed over nearly two millennia. Reading his philosophical books, essays and his plays is been a time honoured way of refining and exercising our facility for practical reason. The Stoic school of philosophy Seneca identified with, operated for 600 years in Ancient Greece and Rome. However, since the 1800’s, many of the people who read Seneca did so without an accurate grasp of how the Stoic model of philosophy he employed differed from contemporary understandings of what is meant by Philosophy.[Read more…] about Starting with Seneca’s Letters