A few months ago I oh-so-dramatically announced my temporary retirement from the corporate world in favour of a masters in philosophy. I was aware of the strong millennial trends to #quityourjob, #dowhatyoulove and #pursueyourdream, but I’d like to think I wasn’t influenced by them too strongly. To briefly and blandly describe the reasons for this life decision, (1) I wanted some formal education in the … Continue reading Objectifying your dreams
Those of us lucky enough, over the festive period, to be able to sink into the loving embrace of the sofa beside an open fire, glass of port in hand, belly full of turkey and Thornton’s, and surrounded by loving relatives, might be tempted to proclaim that ‘this is what it’s all about’. The meaningful life consists in the cosiness of affection, security and slight … Continue reading Wtf is the ‘meaning of life’?!
I was thinking about what happens when trying to argue a point… You’re setting out upon an argument. Your idea is located somewhere ahead, but there is an uncertain sea between you and it that your argument needs to breach for you to be able to clasp the idea to your bosom. So you set off, armed with your trusty compass of logic. You feel … Continue reading Logical thinking: not all plain sailing
Here are some mildly amusing things some philosophers said: You’re all ANIMALS the mass of mankind are evidently quite slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Salespeople are PATHETIC In well-ordered States they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose – Plato, Republic Catholics are BIGOTS … Continue reading 6 semi-funny philosophy quotes with pictures
Mia Thermopolis (or, to cite her full name, Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo) is the reluctant princess and narrator of The Princess Diaries (all 11 of them), the first few of which I read as a teenager. Like any teenager, Mia had many ambitions and hopes for the future. A frequent feature on her to-do lists was the phrase ‘Achieve self-actualization’ – along with things like ‘Go … Continue reading Aristotle & The Princess Diaries
This post has been a long time coming and I have been hinting at it for a while. Last month, I left my very decent job to become a Philosophy student. To some people, perhaps this will seem crazy. Quitting a job with good prospects, a salary, the opportunity to travel, throwing away the social capital of liking and trust I’d made efforts to build, … Continue reading [Life updates from me]
Back in November I decided I needed to go somewhere far far away, and booked my first ever solo holiday and first ever trip outside of Europe to Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand. Here is instalment three of my holiday mementos: 2 days in Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka. Places highlighted in blue are pinpointed on the map. Read part 1 here, part 2 … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Part 3