Philosophy Series: Can suffering ever make you stronger?

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When I heard that Jen’s beautiful son Finlay had died, it felt like the world had somehow gone wrong. Children aren’t meant to die. Certainly not out of the blue. It was like we had all somehow wandered into the twilight zone. As the blur settled into reality, I’ve watched Jen through […]

Philosophy Series: Socrates

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Socrates was a classical philosopher, born around 470 BC, in Athens Greece. Although he is credited as one of the founders of Western Philosophy, nothing written by him actually remains extant. As a result, we largely know of his ideas from the writings of his pupil – Plato. His dialogues […]

The Philosophy series: The Epictetus edition

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Today we continue with the Philosophy series – asking what wisdom the second century C.E. philosopher, Epictetus can impart to parents today. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been thinking a lot about returning to work but I think that he has provided a way to look at the world a little […]

The Philosophy series: David Hume edition

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An old school friend of mine posted on Facebook that her five year-old had recently posed the question, ‘How did the first person get on this world? There wouldn’t have been anyone for them to be born from.’ Whilst I  found the question amusing, my response was definitely that of […]