How to Deal with Life’s Challenges: Lessons from an Ancient Stoic Philosopher

How to Deal with Life’s Challenges: Lessons from an Ancient Stoic Philosopher

The course of our lives can be likened to that of leaves on a tree: in spring, we bloom, then face the harsh winds and storms, the blazing heat of summer, and when autumn approaches, we wither and fall. Suffering is a part of the human condition. On a daily basis, we go through small ordeals, to major life-changing traumas. This is a reality we all face, and according to Seneca, the Stoic philosopher, meditating on life and the human condition will help us calmly accept the hardships that prevail in our lives.

Seneca on Suffering -- America Daily
“The Death of Seneca,” 1612/1613, by Peter Paul Rubens. (Public Domain)

 

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Eric Bess is a practicing representational artist. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, and he is a writer on art, culture, and philosophy. He recently wrote an article about the Stoic philosopher Seneca.