Stoicism, a philosophy that flourished in ancient Rome, is based on the four cardinal virtues of wisdom, courage, temperance and justice. These four virtues are the only things needed for a flourishing life, and are necessary and sufficient for achieving a life worth living. Stoics believed that these virtues would lead to happiness and love, and help them become better people. Applying the virtues means having the wisdom to differentiate between what we can control and what we can’t, having courage to act despite fear, having temperance and self-control, and having justice towards others. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here