Ancient Greco-Roman philosophers thought of their craft not merely as consisting of scholarly debates and discourses. It was, rather, a very spiritual way of living. Like its counterparts in non-Western wisdom traditions, ancient philosophia integrated many forms of spiritual exercises and psychagogic training to enable one to be better. As the late French philosopher Pierre Hadot put it, philosophy was essentially “a way of life” and “a therapeutic of the passions.”

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The Planctonian is a humble effort to explore and live a more-or-less philosophical life. The reflections are chapters in a story of existence/human experience. These brief entries are intended to invite meditation, self-reflection and encourage mindful living.

Lengthier features (i.e. essays & reviews) are also published from time to time. These features explore topics and review works that are relevant to the themes of The Planctonian.

All in all, this weblog is about play philosophy—having fun with lived philosophy. The blog is inspired by the ideas and methods of classical philosophers like Socrates and Marcus Aurelius, as well as by Asian traditions like Buddhism.

Plankton are tiny organisms that drift in the world’s oceans. The name comes from the Greek word planktos meaning errant or drifting—a poetic salute to these minute lifeforms as the sea’s great wanderers.

In the very same spirit embodied by its namesake, this blog, as a tiny participant in this vast universe of existence, drifts through a wondrous sea of reflections and human experience.

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