As humans, we’re often taken with novelty. TV shows, gadgets, clothes – we live in a world where new is almost always considered to be better than old. Some of it’s natural, some of it’s a result of our fast-paced consumer culture.
Our fascination with novelty seems to extend to ideas, too. There’s no shortage of ‘gurus’, authors and even social media influencers putting forward their ideas for a ‘good’, meaningful and balanced life these days. But at the heart of everything we know now about living well is timeless wisdom; wisdom that’s been around for thousands of years.
I personally find great comfort in this wisdom. We are living in uncertain times, and sometimes all I need to do is to pick up a book, or read a passage, and I feel better; as if I’ve suddenly been handed a tool I completely forgot I had.
So while these modern-day gurus, authors and influencers certainly have their merits, I’m interested in retracing some of those roots, and finding some old advice that is still relevant for our lives today. After all, while the trappings of our lives have changed considerably over the centuries, the human experience, and the trials and tribulations of human life, haven’t changed a bit.