Every day is the best day

Every day is the best day

Look at what the Hispano-Roman Lucius Anneus Seneca (4-65 AD) tells us in his Letters to Lucilius (CVIII)

«You should not read that magnificent Virgil's verse that says «irreparable time flees» with the disposition of a grammarian but on the contrary its reading must take us to be attentive because if we do not hurry, we will be left behind; fast time pushes us and even he himself is pushed; life is taken from us without realizing it, since we leave all things for the future and walk lazy among precipices; observe, how many times Virgil speaks of the speed of time, he uses this verb: "flees." (1)

«The best age of life for unfortunate mortals the first flees; Diseases and sad old age come, and work and the inclemency of hard death takes them away. "

Why is the best? Because what remains is uncertain. (2)

Why the best? Because young people can learn, we can bring the soul to good, which is still docile and moldable; because this time is suitable for the work, suitable to stimulate the intelligences by the studies and to exercise the bodies by means of the works; instead what we have left of time is slower, more languid and closer to the end. So, let's do what we are doing with all our soul and, put aside the things that distract us, let us strive in one thing: in not having to understand this runaway speed of time, which we can not retain, when finally we we have lost.

Every first day please fill us in as the best day and become ours.

It should be strongly taken what (of us ) flees. » (3)

Follow Health ... And endorse, this golden advice: Every day is the best day, your best day!

Miguel Villarroya Martín , February 29, 2016/Madrid. Spain/FrS.010/ventasgrandes.net


(1) Escape is the fastest way to run according to points, Seneca , below . And this applies to the flow of time. His discourse is incessant, he warns us; when we think we have it, it has already happened; let's not get lost, let's not delay, let's not hesitate, forget the future and live in the present.

(2) The quote from Virgilio in support of his reasoning tells us that for > Seneca , the best is not yet to come, that the best is today, the one we have, and the past have been good because we have already lived them and the worst, those that remain, because of them we do not even know what they will be like if we will see them.

(3) The suggestion to live now, to live the present moment as intensely as possible, will allow us not to go through the torment of past time and lost in nothingness. Catch and give meaning to your life because the time that remains is diminished at every moment, the past is quickly away from us and is ungraspable. And the future ... who knows? So devour, as Horacio also tells us, the present moment.

(4) The work " Letters to Lucilius " can be found in many places and editorials. See for example: Letters to Lucilius. 4th edition. (On paper.) Youth Collection. 464 p. ISBN: 9788426119339

His editorial note says : This is one of the most celebrated books of the philosopher who was born in Cordoba, reigning Augustus, year 3 of the Christian era . The sages Seneca's advice have a validity that transcends the boundaries of time. Without a doubt, many of the observations and conclusions contained in these letters could be applied to the concerns of today's world, so disturbed by thorny problems and tragic discord.The Letters to Lucilius gather the fruit of long experience and contain the deepest reflections on the contradictions of the human condition. Prologue and literal translation of Latin by Vicente López Soto.

In digital format it can be seen, for example, in the Wikisource: Cartas a Lucilio.


Cover of the book of the Editorial Juventud: Letters to Lucilio

(5) There does not seem to be an image of the real Seneca , so the choice of an image of the philosopher to illustrate this section is difficult. In the end we have decided on the one that is collected in the stamp of 25 Ptas., Of the year 1966 (ORDER of December 15, 1955 on the issuance and putting into circulation of the postage stamps of the series "Spanish characters 1956». 2nd BOE No. 305 of December 22, 1965. P. 17175) And that we have found thanks to the Talavera philately.


Spanish stamp of 25 Ptas. with an engraving of one of the faces of Seneca

The engraving used in the stamp is an interpretation of the Seneca bust that is in the Pergamon museum in Berin , in which Seneca is attached, in the same Marble block, to Socrates . See the Cordoba's imagined museum , the article The two faces of Seneca.

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