“One must learn about things divine and human, the past and the future, the ephemeral and the eternal; and one must learn about Time.”
It’s easy to forget in the midst of a letter such as this that we’re all supposed to set aside Stoic physics as an unnecessary anachronism of a primitive past. What arrogance that is.
I do not think, dear Seneca, that I shall go as far as to expel all of these studies from the life of the one making progress, but a certain focusing in seems useful. We do have a limited (and an unknown limit at that) amount of time in this life, and many things call us away from focusing on virtue and progress.
I look forward to tomorrow’s letter.