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“New Philosopher is an independent quarterly magazine devoted to exploring philosophical ideas from past and present thinkers on ways to live a more fulfilling life.”
Picking this up at a bookstore in Australia, I was instantly reminded of how I’d enjoyed reading philosophy in university, intrigued by the words of Plato, Aristotle and John Locke. (Having a young, suave assistant professor was the cherry on the cake.)
It’s too easy to get caught up with life, chasing momentary happiness blindly like stimulated rats. Reading philosophy helps me to rethink my way of life with logic and purpose. According to Seneca, life is long if you know how to use it. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realise that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.