Essay on A Roman Stoic Philosopher

1500 Words Dec 10th, 2016 6 Pages
A Roman stoic philosopher, Seneca also argued that although human beings cannot change the events, they can pursue happiness by affecting their thoughts, specifically by altering their attitude to those events. He assumed that we are rather like dogs, tied to the moving chariot. The leash is not long enough to let us go wherever we want, but it still gives us some freedom. This freedom is based on human beings’ ability to influence their perception. Pessimistic approach defends us from disappointment. Moreover, seeing our lives and days from a different perspective can make them more exciting and memorable. This might be accomplished by recognizing valuable and beautiful moments of an initially called ordinary day. One may wonder why I give so much value to days. Because I agree with Anne Di Allerd’s assertion that “how we spend our days, is of course, how we spend our lives”. When I first encountered this quote, I was terrified and asked me a bunch of questions: How do you spend your days? - Most of them are monotonous and neutral, passing without leaving memories and emotions.-Where is happiness then? –Craving for it, I will attain happiness in the future. When this future moment will come? Then I realized that it will never come, there is no time for happiness in the future. Either you seize happiness in the present, either you will continue having an ordinary life and won’t be happy in the future.
Seneca’s leash giving us freedom to influence our lives reminds me of…

Related Documents