Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BCE-65) Top Ten Conflict Tips

Nassim Taleb in his book Anti-Fragile that I will soon post on, is very keen on the Roman Philosopher and Stoic Seneca, and so I thought it time we did a one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips on Seneca

  1. True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears, but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not. 
  2. Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.
  3. No man was ever wise by chance
  4. If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable.
  5. Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
  6. Wealth is the slave of a wise man. The master of a fool.
  7. They lose the day in expectation of the night, and the night in fear of the dawn.
  8. Leisure without books is death, and burial of a man alive.
  9. Associate with people who are likely to improve you.
  10. We are mad, not only individually but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples?

See also:

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True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future
True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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