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By Mark Vernon on Wednesday, December 18 2013, 15:34 - Events
This is a wonderful talk that raises so many questions. A few of what I think are the most interesting points got a bit sidelined though and never took off. In particular that point that Mark makes quite often on this blog about closing the gap between our values and actions. This is easier I think where people have a community, or even an individual mentor, to guide them. It is very difficult to act well and selflessly in a society that emphasises the self and its importance beyond that of the group, particularly when our mind just tells us noone else is doing it so why bother. This in turn tends to lead to guilt and shame and further distances us from the Good Life. I also have always felt that rather than seeing the universe as benevolent, the Stoics saw it as unfolding as it should (to quote from Desiderata) and that we should move in accordance with it as much as possible.
Those bored out of their brained guys could do with a talented "topless" pole dancer to liven their interest up!
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