“Ethismos” and good habits

In his essay “On Cruelty,” Montaigne wrote of Cato and Socrates, “We see in the souls of these two men and their imitators - for I very much doubt whether they had equals - so perfect a habit of virtue that it has become their common complexion.” How can we get to the point where…

Starting a blog: One topic or many?

So you're thinking about starting a blog. Fantastic! Many bloggers say starting a blog is the best thing they've ever done. It gives you a sense of purpose, an outlet, and something on which to focus your thoughts during downtime. It might feel as though you don’t have any time for it, but consider all of…

Enduring good

Seneca’s Candor Seneca’s Letter 27 to Lucilius grabbed my attention for several reasons. One, Seneca is disarmingly honest with his friend when he admits to Lucilius that he himself hasn’t rid himself of his faults. Seneca writes, “No, I’m not so shameless as to set about treating people when I’m sick myself. I’m talking to…