Triumph of the extroverts

“Does anyone live a life of quiet despair these days? The question struck me with some force, one Sunday evening last summer, when I found myself on the Leatherhead bypass. These proud detached villas, still with their net curtains and tidy front gardens, were exactly the sort of houses where people sighed in Betjeman’s poems …

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Aristotle and self-interest

Aristotle believed that happiness was central purpose of human life and a goal in itself. That is, happiness depends on the cultivation of individual virtues, including physical as well as mental well-being. He argued that virtue is achieved by maintaining the Mean, which is the balance between two excesses. Aristotle is a main advocate of …

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Epicurus, politics and the world of business

Epicurus thought that the worlds of commerce and politics “constrained the mind, limiting it to the conventional, acceptable thought”. Leaving those worlds mean that you can begin to think of more general, and arguably more important, matters. Without the pressures of business you can read and research matters that eluded you during your money-making days. …

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