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Seneca and his Advice

Who is Seneca? Why should we read his ideas?

Who is Seneca? Why should we read his ideas? Or if you are one of those who do some research on the internet before reading some of his works and gain knowledge, this article I have written will meet your request a little.

Seneca is one of the most important philosophers of the Roman Empire. He is an inspiring thinker for discovering the meaning of our lives, tackling challenges, and finding inner peace. It was with the works of Medea and Phaedra that I met him. After reading these works without any expectations or ideas, I decided to take an interest in him and get to know him a little better. Seneca, one of the representatives of the Stoic school, has produced many works on morality, politics, nature and the art of life. Seneca's ideas were not limited to the period in which they were written, and contain valuable advice that can guide us today. Perhaps this reason is the biggest factor that arouses his interest.

Seneca's life was a balance between wealth and power, poverty and exile. These experiences pushed him to know both happiness and pain closely. Well, it can be beneficial to listen to someone who has experienced such ups and downs throughout his life and who sees both the top and the bottom. Seneca argues that happiness does not depend on external conditions, but can be found within oneself. According to him, happiness is not tangible but rather abstract. For this reason, it advises that people should know themselves, use their minds and lead a virtuous life. Speaking of advice, I'd like to leave a few quotes. These are Seneca's principal counsels.

  • Let's take time for ourselves. To take control of our lives, we need to know and improve ourselves. That's why we should create our own time each day and dedicate that time to spiritual activities such as reading, thinking, and meditating.

  • Let's remember death. We should not forget that life is finite and we should live knowing that we can die at any moment. This makes us realize the value of life and distracts us from unnecessary things. We should accept death not as something to be afraid of, but as a part of nature and be prepared for it.

  • Let's be thankful. We should appreciate what we have and stop asking for more. We should be grateful for the blessings we have been given and share them with others. The feeling of gratitude makes us happy and gives peace.

  • Let's be patient. We must not give up and resist the difficulties of life. Suffering is inevitable, but it is up to us not to let it affect us. We must be patient with pain and strive to overcome it.

  • Let's forgive. We should avoid holding grudges and anger towards others. These emotions poison us and make us unhappy. We should try to understand the mistakes of others and forgive them. Forgiveness gives us lightness and freedom.

Influenced by names such as the Stoic Attalus, the Pythagorean Fabianus and Sotio, Seneca was successful in both philosophy and rhetoric. He served as a lawyer and senator, and was assigned to educate Nero, the son of Agrippina, the nephew of Emperor Claudius. Seneca's philosophical thoughts, on the other hand, have a unique place regardless of his political career. His philosophy, especially stoicism, has been a source of inspiration for many people. Seneca believed that the source of happiness is within people, and people can only be happy by knowing themselves and living according to their own nature. Seneca also emphasizes the importance of time in his philosophy. He thinks that time is the most valuable resource for people and gives advice on how to use time. According to him, people should live every moment of their lives to the fullest and not waste their time.

Seneca's death
His style that flowed like “grains of sand” in the words of the jealous Emperor Caligula was the cause of death.

Seneca also continued his philosophy as he approached death. Since he was also involved in an assassination attempt against Nero, Nero accused him of conspiring against him and ordered him to commit suicide. Seneca, who had argued that death should be disregarded all his life, complied with this order and committed suicide by cutting his veins in 65 AD.

Seneca's philosophy and works still attract attention today. He was especially influential on moral philosophy and existential thought. Thinkers such as Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, Rousseau were influenced by Seneca. Seneca's letters and dialogues are also popular today.



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