SLRP: XLVII. On Master And Slave (Part 2: 11 – 21)



“I propose to value them according to their character, and not according to their duties. Each man acquires his character for himself, but accident assigns his duties.”

There is an important lesson here.  One which, as I think I mentioned yesterday about people who are rude to table servers.

““He is a slave.” His soul, however, may be that of a freeman. “He is a slave.” But shall that stand in his way? Show me a man who is not a slave; one is a slave to lust, another to greed, another to ambition, and all men are slaves to fear.”

I’m hung up on “may be that of a freeman.”  It’s my own position that every human has the soul of a freeman.  While there is perceived security or safety sometimes under the yoke, every heart yearns to be free.


Part of Michel Daw’s Reading Plan of Seneca’s Letters.

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