A stoic philosopher reading a book by candlelight

A Stoic Way of Thinking

We create unnecessary suffering for ourselves. In this passage from Seneca’s Letters from a Stoic, notice the philosopher’s specific use of the word torment.

“Accordingly, some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and some torment us when they ought not to torment us at all. We are in the habit of exaggerating, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow” (Seneca 64).

Being a reader helps. When something worries me, I can read a book about it. The understanding helps, it softens the unknown and helps me deal with challenge. Some books are for escaping, while others are for educating – either way, you’re in good hands.

What are you reading tonight?

Until tomorrow, read slowly – take notes – apply the ideas.



Works Cited:

Seneca, Lucius. Letters from a Stoic. Capstone, 2021.

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