SLRP: XLIX. On The Shortness Of Life (Part 2: 6b – 12)



“You are mistaken if you think that only on an ocean voyage there is a very slight space a between life and death. No, the distance between is just as narrow everywhere. It is not everywhere that death shows himself so near at hand.”

This letter, as Friday’s was, is full of parable and analogy.  The call to simple writing is a good one for philosophers.  While we might baffle the crowd with bullshit, if we have something of value which can be stated simply, simply put, we should.

The image of the city preparing for the invaders, the men at arms preparing for battle, the old men and women heaping up fortifications, … and us, positing a riddle, or helping?

Thank you for the letter.


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

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