At More Than 2000 Years Old, Ancient Advice On “How Best to Live” Can Still Save Your Soul in the Folly of Our Modern Age
August 6, 2013
Seneca saves lives. He’s been doing so for over 2000 years. Not the mightiness of a church nor the absence of a deity for support. Only books. Only plays. Only dedicated scholars to resurrect him.
It says many things about the nature of the world right now, that the mindset of someone born so long ago still reverberates so soundly. Pick up Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic, collected essays composed during the era of Roman rule under Nero, and you’ll find that the world hasn’t changed at all. At least in the way humans continue to think, act and relate to one another anyway.
But Seneca’s works go further than drawing simple parallels between the then and the now. They also help to calm an anxious or busy mind. And, in a world of overwhelming choice, help us make sense of where to turn next.
Collected here are some of the most impactful of Seneca’s teachings that I’ve found. Hopefully, if you’re feeling a little stuck or out of balance, reading them might just help cast some light and clarity on your own twenty-first century sense of being.
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