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Who Do You Want to Become?

The Roman philosopher Epictetus, in The Art of Living, asked a question that deserves more attention and practice: “Who exactly do you want to be?” Recently I’ve noticed how seldom I ask myself this question,… Read Essay


Seneca on Using Philosophy to Overcome Grief

What greater pain is there than seeing one’s own mother in distress? This is exactly what compelled Seneca—Roman philosopher, statesman, and a man of letters—to write a letter to his mother, Helvius, during his exile for allegedly… Read Essay


Practicing Empathy

After a five hour delay for a one hour flight, I stepped outside of Newark Airport, inhaled the essence of New Jersey, and lit a cigarette. “I thought Chinese people didn’t smoke,” said a… Read Essay