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Quote and Person of the day - Seneca

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.”⠀

– Seneca⠀

Seneca, born in 4BC was a Roman Stoic philosopher. Born in Cordoba but raised in Rome, he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy. In AD 41, Seneca was exiled to the island of Corsica for committing adultery with a Princess, but was allowed to return in 49 to become a tutor to Nero. When Nero became emperor in 54, Seneca became his advisor and, together provided competent government for the first five years of Nero's reign. Seneca's influence over Nero declined with time, and in 65 Seneca was forced to take his own life for alleged complicity in a conspiracy to assassinate Nero, in which he was likely to have been innocent. ⠀⠀

His stoic and calm suicide has become the subject of numerous paintings.⠀

Stoicism has just a few central teachings. It sets out to remind us of how unpredictable the world can be. How brief our moment of life is. How to be steadfast, and strong, and in control of yourself. And finally, that the source of our dissatisfaction lies in our impulsive dependency on our reflexive senses rather than logic.⠀

Stoicism doesn’t concern itself with complicated theories about the world, but with helping us overcome destructive emotions and act on what can be acted upon. Fundamental teachings include;⠀

1. Acknowledge that all emotions come from within⠀

2. Find someone you respect, and use them to stay honest⠀

3. Recognize there is life after failure ⠀

4. Read purposefully, and apply your knowledge⠀

5. Challenge yourself to be brutally honest⠀

6. Reflect on what you spend the most time on ⠀

7. Be present⠀

8. Remind yourself that time is our most precious resource

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