Life Is Not Short | DKB Show

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2022-06-22 17:30:04

The most surprising thing is that you wouldn’t let anyone steal your property, but you consistently let people steal your time, which is infinitely more valuable.

If you want to learn how to live a good life, there are few sources better than Seneca. He’s one of the most popular Stoic philosophers, alongside Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus.

His life was filled with crazy highs and lows. He was born into a noble family, wrote some influential plays, got exiled to an island for eight years, became the chief advisor to the Roman emperor, then got sentenced to death by forced suicide.

(This is a fictional but realistic interview with Seneca based on his essay "On The Shortness Of Life". His responses are either direct quotes, or based on his writings. Citations are included so you can see the original context for each response.)

Seneca: Everyone complains about how short life is, but that perspective is broken. Life is not short. The real issue is that we waste so much of it.

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