A Deep Dive into: Happiness [pt.1] – Is it a real goal, a real thing, a linguistic label or nothing at all? (inspired by one of the students I teach)

I asked my class today ‘What are Humanity’s greatest accomplishments/achievements?’ And one of the answers that came back back was: Happiness. Whether we have achieved/accomplished this as a species (or any of us…. All of us?) is less important, but it brings up an idea: Is ‘Happiness’ just something that Humans …

What is ‘success’? How much of your time is in your control? – The philosophy of: CGP Grey, Apollodorus in Plato’s The Symposium, The Onion, a former student of mine, and I guess mine too.

What do you consider ‘success’? The way that it’s treated by seemingly the majority of the world is: money, fame, recognition, financial assets or some bullshit ass cocktail of the above. But no matter how substantial your bullshit ass cocktail is, do you live a longer life than those without …

Everything you do, do it for a reason – The Philosophy of: Miyamoto Musashi [pt.1]

Do Nothing, which is of no use. – Miyamoto Musashi Scrolling through your Instagram news feed for 35 minutes ‘just because, you know’, or just opening Snapchat for a couple minutes because ‘you know, why not’ or saying I’m bored and scrolling through your Instagram feed for 28 more minutes is a waste of …

Dust. Wind. Dude. – The Philosoph(izing) of: Bill S. Preston esquire and Ted Theodore Logan [pt.3]

Throughout the ages, wisdom hasn’t changed. We were the exact same species one hundred, five hundred, two thousand and 5 thousand years ago. We still all live and we die (for now). Whether our inability to process and accept wisdom is the reason for the wisdom never evolving is another …

Pain is your body telling your brain: ‘If you keep this shit up, we’re about to die’. But is it possible to override it and use your mind to tell your body: ‘Yo. Shut the fuck up and chill the fuck out.’? And tell your brain ‘Don’t listen to that stupid asshole. We’ll be fine. No one’s about to die.’?

Admiral James Stockdale spent over 7 years in a Vietnamese Prisoner of War camp, where he was tortured by having his legs crushed, his back broken and his shoulders torn from their sockets. And the thing that kept him going, by maintaining control over his own mind, was the philosophy …

Am I full of shit? – If you think you’re right about something, find someone to challenge you. You’ll see if you’re actually on to something, or just full of it [+ how Socrates approached this]

In Plato’s Theaetetus, Thedourus and Socrates debate what it is to ‘know’ or ‘perceive’ something. And Socrates being the annoying (but excellently annoying) bloke he was, badgers Theaetetus about what they believe knowledge actually is. Theodorus’ viewpoint gets stripped bare by Socrates to the point where everything he thought he knew …

Was Socrates taking the piss? [pt.2] – Does saying ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing’ actually mean you’re saying you know TWO things?

This is something my girlfriend suggested to me after yesterday’s post on the better way to approach knowledge and whether Socrates was taking the piss. If Socrates said ‘There’s only one thing I know – that I know nothing.’, doesn’t that mean that he’s saying he actually knows TWO things? …