Stewie the Stoic: Holiday


[Quotes offered by Seneca]

[This sentiment arrives during the Saturnalia when the throngs have abandoned propriety and surrendered themselves to indulgences. Which, Seneca does not expressly  condemn. More than that, he embarks on explaining that there is much to be learned with living on little. Learning to accept and embrace frugality prepares one for when Fortune lavishes her bounty wherein you might enjoy her gifts all the more. Yet, of course, never depend upon them.]

2 thoughts on “Stewie the Stoic: Holiday

  1. I think it’s Seneca’s word choices. Poverty imposes a strictness of definition about lack, conjuring destitution and other lost and forlorn imagery. When his meaning, I suppose, is the lack of material wealth is not a burden which conjures more of a “Can’t Buy Me Love” image of positivity. Money will never take you places your imagination will go without it, or into situations money can’t buy, or a mother’s love. But “poverty”? Implies the lack of all. Broke and couch surfing is not poverty. To me. Oh well, one of those careful with your semantics things, right?

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    1. Good point.
      The West’s War on Poverty instills an abhorrence in us: pity with a side of self-righteousness. Seneca mentioned a kind of “fasting” where one lives as meager as one can—for a time. Again, due to his extreme wealth, it’s hard to take his words at face value. No doubt once this series is done, I’ll be looking to find a more suitable Stoic to examine.


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