“It is not death that a man should fear, but never beginning to live.” No shit!
This, dear Marcus, is so scary. I must miss a button or something, because I just can’t begin to live. I can’t. I am alive, hence I am living. And I fear death because it is so unreasonable.
I think we should all fear death. We should. Death sucks. You know why? I know you do Aurelius, because you’re dead, but, oh, all of us nodding philosophically at your wisdom appear to not know. We don’t seem to know that death is permanent.
We fear not beginning to live while we squander our life looking for the start button.
The world’s most valuable commodity is time
Are you kidding me?
I am certain this is false, because no one ever gave me nothin’ for showing up. I gotta do the work, follow up and push through.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live. –Seneca
Damn I hate these quotes. You’d imagine they have some depth but in reality they are tricks of the intellect. I believe Seneca was making fun of future idiots. So it says that I should continuously learn, which is ok I guess, tiresome but ok, but then wait, I should learn only one thing: to live. You all know how to live don’t you? I mean if you didn’t you’d all be zombies browsing medium.
So what would learning how to live mean as a metaphor? It isn’t about breathing, homeostasis or anabolism, right? It is about, here comes the joke: assimilating life recipes made by others!
That is just cruel Seneca! In your time there were no professional content producers and no listicles.
I have a better quote for you:
As long as you live, keep inventing how to live.