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14
Sep
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The Great Philosophers: Niccolò Machiavelli

Our assessment of politicians is torn between hope and disappointment. On the one hand, we have an idealistic idea that a politician should be an upright hero, a man or woman who can breathe new moral life into the corrupt workings of the state....
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
05
Sep
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The Great Artists: Johannes Vermeer

We live in a world saturated with false glamour. In truth, the problem does not lie with glamour itself, but with the things we have collectively agreed to regard as glamorous. Progress wouldn’t be found in eradicating the whole idea of glamour from our...
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28
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Comuna 13, San Javier, Medellín, Colombia – for Dissatisfaction

Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin, old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and tarpaulin sheets. Sofa carcasses thrown onto rubbish tips in the first world are...
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28
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Pumping Station, Isla Mayor, Seville – for Snobbery

There are many guide books suggesting what you might do when you get to Seville. But they all pretty much agree that you must go both to the Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and then to the Alcázar –...
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25
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Capri Hotel, Changi Airport, Singapore - for Thinking

You’ve been in the air for 12 hours. Now this anonymous box. It was your company’s idea. You’d have a chance to sleep a little, then catch the next 11 hour flight, before heading straight into the conference. You’ve been assigned a room at...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
21
Jul
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How to become an entrepreneur

The modern world is in love with entrepreneurship. Starting your own business holds the same sort of prestigious position as, in previous ages, making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem or spearing multiple enemies in battle. However, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur remains maddeningly...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
07
Jul
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Your desire to be famous – and the problems it will bring you

We don’t always feel comfortable admitting it to our friends; it is embarrassing. But, secretly, the idea of being famous has great appeal. Fame is deeply attractive because it seems to offer very significant benefits. The fantasies go like this: when you are famous, wherever...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
10
Jun
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Use Obstacles Against Themselves

Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their enmities. —Plutarch I recently did an event at the School of Life titled What Stands in the Way becomes the Way. The event focused on how to channel Stoic principles into modern life,...
Posted by Ryan Holiday
09
Jun
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Why you are anxious all the time

Today, like most days, you are anxious. It is there in the background, always present, sometimes more to the fore, sometimes less so, but never truly banished – at least not for longer than an evening. The anxiety appears to be about some very...
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30
May
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Why you’re probably not enjoying your job very much

Almost certainly, you’ve been having a bad time at work. In a perfect world, work should do so much for us: lend us purpose and a sense of achievement, offer us meaning and comradeship. But invariably, something goes wrong: our talents feel like they’re...
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28
May
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A guide to the pleasures of work

You might think this bit would be easy, but one of the hardest things about our working lives is knowing what we ideally want to do with them. It’s simple enough to sense what is boring and soul-destroying, but identifying what would satisfy us...
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