The Importance Of A Happy Life

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Would you be willing to let go of your deepest darkest fears to pursue the honorable? According to Seneca, “For what prevents us from saying that the happy life is to have a mind that is free, lofty, fearless and steadfast - a mind that is placed beyond the reach of fear, beyond the reach of desire, that counts virtue the only good, baseness the only evil, and all else but a worthless mass of things, which come and go without increasing or diminishing the highest good, and neither subtract any part from the happy life nor add any part to it?
A man thus grounded must, whether he wills or not, necessarily be attended by constant cheerfulness and a joy that is deep and issues from deep within, since he finds delight in his own resources, and desires no joys greater than his inner joys.” Seneca’s statement shows the rejection of all base pleasures and desires to be the foundation for good stoic philosophy. Stoicism, a Hellenistic philosophical school started by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century B.C, flourished in Ancient Rome during the time of Cicero and Caesar. The Stoics stressed personal freedom, virtue, natural law, reason, and self control. Stoic philosophers such as Marcus Aurelius and Seneca claimed a life of discipline and moderation in which one would give up their pleasures and ignore pain. In Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Brutus, one of Caesar’s best friends who conspired against him, was determined to be an honorable Stoic. At first sight, Brutus’s attempt to
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