Thursday

August 18

MEN do not suffer anyone to seize their estates, and they rush to stones and arms if there is even the slightest dispute about the limit of their lands, yet they allow others to trespass upon their life -nay, they themselves even lead in those who will eventually possess it. No one is to be found who is willing to distribute his money, yet among how many does each one of us distribute his life! In guarding their fortune men are often closefisted, yet, when it comes to the matter of wasting time, in the case of the one thing in which it is right to be miserly, they show themselves most prodigal.

SENECA. ON THE SHORTNESS OF LIFE. Ch. ii. 1-2.

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  1. We won't let anyone steal our possessions, and set guards about them to keep them safe. We protect our bodies with clothing and armor to fend off harm. Yet we have subjected our minds to abuse and lies, and refuse to teach it self-defense. Worse still, we have opened the treasury of our time, so that any and all may sqander our lives as they will, while we ourselves spill precious moments on the ground. - Inspired by Seneca

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  2. What are true values? What is it that triggers our reflection on true values? Do we need to fall sick and feel there is not much energy left for trivialities before we are willing to examine the true values of life? What good is there in a healthy condition if wasting precious energy in so many stupid ways?...

    This is why we can safely conclude, I think, that nothing ‘good’ can be expected from health, sickness, death, wealth, poverty, political programs etc. None of them offer guarantees that we shall find that which is the driving force for all our actions: well-being, happiness. The question, thus, is if there is something that will allow us to enjoy any condition? If so, would we not consider 'that' as a true value – something more important to have or to be than anything else?

    Well, if that highest of values cannot be found outside, would we not want to seek it inside; more precisely in the way we are able to deal with unavoidable situations such as benefit and loss, health and disease, life and death?

    If 'good' is not to be found outside, wouldn't we want to look for it in the realm of our own character?...

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