“A Sage wants nothing but needs many things; a fool wants everything.”

At first I found Seneca’s words from his ninth letter to Lucilius confusing. Seneca opens his letter explaining a common misconception: “Lack of feeling” in Stoicism means “a soul which rejects any sensation of evil,” not lack of emotion. That is, Sages “feel their troubles but overcome them.” A Sage has friends but also isContinue reading ““A Sage wants nothing but needs many things; a fool wants everything.””

Where do human rights come from?

Are human rights government creations? Or do human rights pre-exist government – being derived from nature – with government tasked with protecting those rights? These are important questions because the answers weigh heavily on what rights we have and whether they can legitimately be taken away. If we have free speech only because the governmentContinue reading “Where do human rights come from?”