Today’s letter is set about to remind us of both the humility of all humans, as well as the heights to which they may rise if they so will and so work. Philosophy does not care for the titles, lands, and class of the people who come to her.
Surely, we can compare Diogenes and Plato (as history often does), and see that it is not their wealth or status which pits them against each other, but their minds, their virtue, and their philosophy.
Generally, we privilege academic titles, world success, fame, and all of the accoutrements of the world. Seneca reminds us today that the common conception bears no force in the concerns of philosophy.