On the Porch with the Stoics: Seneca
We’ve taken a quick tour of Stoicism and heard from the likes of Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius and Seneca. Today, we end this series with Seneca’s piece that has been titled over the millennia, “On the Shortness of Life.” The piece is a strident call to action. Truly, it’s about seizing the day like no other written work.
The version from which Lee Ann reads is a sampling from a translation by John W. Basore. It’s a public domain work. You may find it at this link. Mr. Basore translated the piece in 1932.
If you want to hear the whole of “On the Shortness of Life,” there is a wonderful version on YouTube (here). The reader’s voice is eloquent and interprets the phrases nicely.
I recommend sitting down and reading this on a regular basis. It takes no more than 45 minutes to an hour. And it’s impact is extraordinary. If you need some nudging, pushing or a swift kick to get moving in your life, THIS is the antidote!
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