Seneca to Lucilius: 72, on busyness as the enemy of philosophy

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These days, we are all too busy. “Busyness,” as the problem has been referred to, is a malady of the frantic life of the 21st century. Or is it? Seneca writes about the same problem in his seventy-second letter to his friend Lucilius. Unlike the New York Times, though, Seneca does not advise to “do nothing.” Quite the opposite.

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by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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Philosophy as a Way of Life

Philosophy as a Way of Life

by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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