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Seneca on practiced poverty 2/2/16

Seneca on practiced poverty 2/2/16
Letter 18 on festivals and fasting
  • Set aside a number of days where you dress and eat minimally and ask yourself, is this the condition that I feared?
  • Remind yourself that a man’s peace of mind does not depend upon fortune.
  • Observe intervals of poverty so that you are not taken off guard if fortune turns against you
  • And learn in practiced poverty that you can still find pleasure in such a condition – there you will find the greatest pleasure when it doesn’t rely on fortune.
  • Establish a business relation with poverty and you will establish a kinship with god, who lives without wealth.
  • Don’t avoid wealth, but know that you can exist without it.
  • The outcome of a mighty anger is madness.