Soul Searching with Seneca: XXXIX. On Noble Aspirations

Soul Searching With Seneca Epistle XXXVIX. On Noble Aspirations HOSTED BY SIMON DREW I’ve been interviewing brilliant philosophers, theologians, artists, and thought-leaders on my podcasts since 2017, and I’m now honoured to be able to bring interested fellow-seekers into these conversations with our Walled Garden events. No matter what stage you’re at on your own […]

120. On True Friendship (Of The Soul?)

On True Friendship XXXV. On the Friendship of Kindred Minds 1. When I urge you so strongly to your studies, it is my own interest which I am consulting; I want your friendship, and it cannot fall to my lot unless you proceed, as you have begun, with the task of developing yourself. For now, although […]

119. On a Promising Pupil

On a Promising Pupil XXXIV. On a Promising Pupil 1. I grow in spirit and leap for joy and shake off my years and my blood runs warm again, whenever I understand, from your actions and your letters, how far you have outdone yourself; for as to the ordinary man, you left him in the rear […]

118. On Learning To Seek Truth And Wisdom

On the Truth Yet to be Discovered XXXIII. On the Futility of Learning Maxims 1. You wish me to close these letters also, as I closed my former letters, with certain utterances taken from the chiefs of our school. But they did not interest themselves in choice extracts; the whole texture of their work is full […]

117. On Staking Your Own Claim To Freedom

On Staking Your Own Claim to Freedom XXXIII. On the Futility of Learning Maxims 1. You wish me to close these letters also, as I closed my former letters, with certain utterances taken from the chiefs of our school. But they did not interest themselves in choice extracts; the whole texture of their work is full […]

#116. Seneca on Making Progress on the Philosophical Path

On Making Progress on the Philosophical Path XXXII. On Progress 1. I have been asking about you, and inquiring of everyone who comes from your part of the country, what you are doing, and where you are spending your time, and with whom. You cannot deceive me; for I am with you. Live just as if […]

115. Seneca on Rising Level to God

On Rising Level to God XXXI. On Siren Songs 1. Now I recognize my Lucilius! He is beginning to reveal the character of which he gave promise. Follow up the impulse which prompted you to make for all that is best, treading under your feet that which is approved by the crowd. I would not have […]

114. Seneca on Siren Songs and Trusting Oneself

On Siren Songs and Trust in Oneself XXXI. On Siren Songs 1. Now I recognize my Lucilius! He is beginning to reveal the character of which he gave promise. Follow up the impulse which prompted you to make for all that is best, treading under your feet that which is approved by the crowd. I would […]

113. Seneca on Remembering Death

On Remembering Death XXX. On Conquering the Conqueror 1. I have beheld Aufidius Bassus, that noble man, shattered in health and wrestling with his years. But they already bear upon him so heavily that he cannot be raised up; old age has settled down upon him with great, – yes, with its entire, weight. You know […]