Lorenzetti, Allegory of the Good Government, 1338–39
Exploring Philosophy, Meaning, Virtue

Fervent Fortitude

Fortitude is one of the cardinal virtues that most of us probably believe we understand. It is often called courage, strength, endurance-the facing of fears. But as ever, when discussed as a virtue, it becomes multifaceted. What is true and virtuous fortitude?

Leonardo da Vinci, La Scapigliata, 1506-1508
Mind, Virtue

Forgive Yourself

Instead of the punishing thought process, perhaps we can do better. The final step being, we forgive ourselves. With quotes from Shakespeare, Buechner & more.

Thomas Moran, 1906, Sunset at Sea
Circumstance, Meaning, Mind, Virtue

We Endure

What if things really are as desperate as we think? With no silver lining in sight, we must simply endure. With quotes from Seneca, Virgil & more.

Mind, Virtue

Don’t Fear Being Foolish

We’re constantly concerned with how other people view us and the general state of our regality. Why are we so scared of appearing foolish? With quotes from Wilde & more

Vincent van Gogh, 1890, Prisoners' Round
Mind, Virtue

We Choose Behaviour that Benefits Us

You often hear people say things like ‘I’ve always been a passive person, it’s just who I am’, as though they are prisoners to their personality. But what if we participate in inadequate behaviour, in truth, because it benefits us in a way we don’t care to admit? Quotes from Walser & more.