My book More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age is published by Icon. My intention in writing it was twofold: to consider some similarities and differences between Buddhism and Stoicism and to reflect on what in both traditions might be left if we leave the metaphysics behind. Get a taste of it here.
Decision making is hard for most people. So many choices, so much uncertainty, so much to gain or lose… how can we possibly make a decision?
We keep changing our minds. We decide one thing, then undecide. Or we procrastinate, trying to keep our options open and putting off the decision until it’s forced on us. Or, even worse, we convince ourselves ‘we can’t do otherwise’ and continue with damaging courses of action. We regret our decisions. We blame ourselves for what we decided.
What holds us back and what might help?
What do we need to have a good life? Money? Success? Friends? Reason? Aristotle’s analysis of this topic is still one of the most perceptive and thought-provoking, and he has a wealth of advice that we could draw on. This article was published in Practical Philosophy, Autumn 2005.