stoicism

I guess I might as well point out that early humans would no doubt have considered the possessions of even the most hardcore modern minimalists to be excessive.
If I look back for other occasions in my life when I've felt so helpless, so utterly incapable of influencing a situation, where I've surrendered to an imminent horror, none spring to mind. I'm sure if I persevered I could dredge a few up, but why burn happiness doing that?
It's heartening for a young writer when the Chief Rabbi of your country writes a column responding to your book, and says some kind things about it - so thanks are in order to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks for using my book as a springboard for his discussion in the Huff Post on the deficiencies of Stoicism as a philosophy for life.