This is the Start

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Hey, welcome!

This is the Start. (Again)

First things first, a big thanks to you for taking the time to visit my website. Time is the most limited resource that we all have, and it’s important we spend it wisely. I’m honoured that you’ve decided to spend some of it reading my works, and I hope you’ll find it worth your while.

I am a twenty-something European guy with a penchant for learning new things. I love to read, and I love to write. I’ve created this space because I’ve got a lot that I want to express on a multitude of topics, but especially on how to live a good life, and I don’t mean that in the traditional sense of the saying.

I have published my essays on another website a few years back, and it became quite popular, attracting tens of thousands of reader, but I eventually took the entire website offline due to what I believe was a case of Impostor Syndrome – a feeling that my essays (and by implication, also myself) were not really deserving of the attention, and that I was a fraud. After another two years of reading and experimentation, I feel that I a now ready to republish my essays and I am confident that I can be fully authentic.

My Philosophy

This website will, amongst other things, also become my attempt to define what is my life philosophy. Please keep in mind that this is work in progress, and the more I study, write, and experience life, the more developed my ideas will become, and I’m sure that certain essays will be updated to reflect new insights. It also my writing test-ground, and so anything may happen.

In a nutshell, I feel that at some point in time the human race stopped appreciating what is truly good and has ever since been concentrating solely on materialism and the accumulation of ever-increasing wealth.

I feel that there are many forces at work in the modern world that are trying to derail us for various reasons, and this is my attempt at fighting back. I’m talking about the ever-increasing distractions, the social pressures that surround us, and that feeling in the back of our collective minds that somehow, somewhere, something went wrong – life wasn’t quite supposed to turn out the way it is.

I strongly believe that defining one’s life philosophy is something that everyone should do.

My approach is based on continuous self-education, an unrelenting focus on our daily lives, and a healthy dose of Stoicism.

I’ve decided to publish my thoughts online not because I think I am right, but because I think someone out there may find them useful when forming their own personal philosophy. I strongly believe that the best way to learn something is to teach it, and this is also partly why I write: it helps, and forces, me to make my ideas concrete, and to write them in a way that is easy for anyone to understand.

Conclusion

Remember, there is no one-size fits all approach. Everyone needs to find their own way in life, my hope is that by reading my way, it helps you find yours. These essays are meant to be taken light-heartedly, they should merely be a starting point for your own investigation on a subject.

If at any point inspiration strikes you, I encourage you to either comment on the essay in question, or you can strike a private conversation with me by heading over to the contact page.

I quote Seneca:

A person who goes to a philosopher should carry away with him something or other of value every day; he should return home a sounder man or at least more capable of becoming one.

While I don’t consider myself a philosopher, I do hope that anyone who reads my essays can figuratively return home a sounder person.

Enjoy,

Emanuele.

PS: Nothing on this website is copyrighted, so feel free to share, modify, change, and generally do as you please, with any of the essays.