How about that guy, huh? Boy did he have some great quotes! I’m always amazed at how similar humans are through the ages. Our thoughts and “humanness” don’t change much over the millennia. Here are a couple of my favorites today!
“We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.”
And this gem.
“Our forefathers complained, we complain, and our descendants will complain, that morals are corrupt, that wickedness holds sway, that men are sinking deeper and deeper into sinfulness; that the condition of mankind is going from bad to worse.”
Seneca was a pretty serious guy and had some great insight into the human condition but I sure wouldn’t want to live like him.
I already have to edit this post! I posted and then went to start the laundry and have my morning meditation time and thought of something. Seneca died in 65AD so he was writing just before that. Many philosophers were lamenting the decline of morals, the strength of will, courage, and education of the people. A few hundred years later the fall of Rome occurred and Dark Ages reigned for a thousand years. Much of what they wrote sounds much like the complaints of today. Is that where the world is headed? Should we be concerned? Is there anything we can do? I really don’t think so. It looks as though it’s just the life cycle of civilization.