I was re-reading some of William Shakespeare’s works recently. I think he may have read Seneca. In “Julius Caesar” he says:- “The coward dies a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.” That expresses the same viewpoint. Imagination of, or anticipation of, disaster before it happens, can make cowards of us all!
When we see things for what they are, when we open our gaze to the moment, we can deal with events with a sense of calm. Resilience can be motivated from the ‘present moment’ towards continuance of our survival.
I hear those immortal words from Dad’s Army, “Don’t panic Mr Mannering, don’t panic”.
Seneca put it in the terms with which he was familiar.
Another way of saying the same thing in modern idiom is:- “Freedom is just another word for Nothing left to Lose.”
The thought of
on 24 Oct 2011
Many years ago, I read the Tao Te Ching with enthusiasm. I came across a verse which challenged me at a certain cross roads in life, where I was considering to use a certain serendipity that I have.
This is my paraphrased memory of that quote.
“A rich man acquires much wealth to wait for the thief to break into his house in the middle of the night”
I realised instantly that money, stuff and excess possessions would be a route towards unhappiness. It also challenged my thoughts and made me change my thinking towards craving, or holding onto so called riches. Freedom from such brings much more happiness.