All posts tagged: Philosophy

wondering about the big questions

Had a perfect life?

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compassion / emotions / Gratitude / Philosophy

Philosopher Epictetus said: “It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgements concerning them.” I can see how we can use this idea in our present lives, however it occurred to me today that perhaps it could help us deal with the past as well. I am inclined to believe that we have all had some bad/difficult moments or experiences throughout our childhood, teenage years and beyond. We didn’t have much say over […]

Stoicism

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Philosophy

“Some things are in my control and others are not” – I have known this concept for what feels like forever through the Serenity Prayer. For the first time I have paid more attention to the “things I can change” aspect rather than the things I cannot. I think it is because I heard it in different words (Stoic philosopher, Epictetus), as above: “Some things are in my control and others are not” that opened […]

Just popped in to say hello!

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creativity enhancement / Just for fun / Nature / Phiosophy / Photography

I haven’t written for a while. I keep meaning to and have had lots of ideas for posts (can’t remember what they were now!) There is a lot going on at present. I am leading two University of the Third Age courses (philosophy discussion group and learning about creativity). I have also signed up to an online photography course – Digital Photography masterclass. Hopefully in time you will see some improvement in my photos. For […]

It ended before it started …

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Acceptance / Gratitude / Meaning of life and that stuff / Philosophy

Since late 2019 I have been preparing to deliver a Course for our local University of the Third Age called “Unleash Your Creative Spirit”. I put myself through the course for the second time and allowed all sorts of creative ideas to flourish. In some ways I turned my house upside down in the process. I have already shared some of those experiences in previous blogs. Eighteen people enrolled and I divided them into two […]

Confucius

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Acceptance / harmony / Philosophy / politics / Serenity prayer

The Philosophy discussion group that I facilitate considered Confucius last week. Who would have thought that the topic would be so relevant – the 70th anniversary of Communism in China and the unrest in Hong Kong? Some of the comments that came out of the discussion included: ‘Confucius spoke of unity but what we see in China today is uniformity’; ‘it is so difficult to examine an Eastern Philosophy when we (in the group) all […]

Rene Descartes continued

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Philosophy

We had two interesting discussions on Thursday based on information on Descartes in Tom Butler-Dowdon’s book, 50 Philosophy Classics. I also provided some handouts based on my research mostly on the internet. This morning’s group found Descartes famous ‘I think, therefore I am’ difficult to grasp. Also the idea that Descartes could discard all existing knowledge and experience and start again in judging what he believed to be true. Is it really possible to imagine […]