SLRP: LII. On Choosing Our Teachers (Part 1: 1 – 8a)

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Seneca,

You have noted three classes of men:

  1. Those who achieved wisdom by themselves.
  2. Those who require a teacher to achieve wisdom, and want it.
  3. Those who can achieve wisdom but must be driven towards it by another.

All three of these, you say, Epicurus praises.  I vaguely recall there being three divisions in Buddhism of people who are in one of several states of progress, but it’s not really my wheelhouse, and I can’t recall them specifically.

The thing I take from this letter, is that it should be okay for us to need, ask for, and receive help in our learning and our progress.  Chance are *very* high that we’re not the first class of folks above.

Farewell.


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

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