“Riches have shut off many a man from the attainment of wisdom.” – Seneca
Whenever I succumb to social pressure to treat time as less valuable than income, that’s when I turn to stoicism.
In this special episode of the podcast, I’m sharing one of my favorite letters from Seneca, “On Philosophy and Riches.” This is a must-listen for anyone obsessed with increasing wealth or material possessions.
My favorite portion begins with, “I might close my letter at this point,” which you can listen to here.
If you want to learn more of Seneca’s teachings, I’ve compiled his letters into a collection called the Tao of Seneca.
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- Stream by clicking here.
- Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.”
Want to hear another podcast featuring lessons from Seneca? Listen to the episode on achieving self-ownership. In this letter, Seneca offers lessons related to being a good man and the true costs of things that appear free (stream below or right-click here to download):
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QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: Are you unhappily striving to gain wealth? If so, how has this letter from Seneca helped your mindset? Please let me know in the comments.
Scroll below for links and show notes…
- On Philosophy and Riches [5:38]
- On the fear of poverty [7:00]
- On prioritizing wisdom over wealth [9:53]
- “I might close my letter at this point…” [11:53]
Posted on: April 10, 2016.
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