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Seneca defines happiness by caring for your soul and only self first before reaching out toothers – “we must look about for the road by which we can reach it most quickly, and on thejourney itself, if only we are on the right path, we shall discover how much of the distance weover come each day.” It makes a lot of senses to me that on the journey of finding happiness,Seneca shows that we have to follow what we want to achieve in life. Often, it falls into the trapthat perceiving someone’s success makes us wanting to do the same thing and expect that if wejust do what that person does, we will have the same results. However, Seneca stresses that thebiggest mistake of defining happiness is imitation – never imitate what others do because theresult of imitation is “people are piled high, one above another, as they rush to destruction.” Asthis reflection on me, I was in the right situation Seneca had mentioned, when I was a teenager,my parents always set up plans for my future because they only believed in success comes withhigh level education. I was forced to go to school only just to please what my parents wanted, Iwas manipulated by looking up to people that had degree in Doctorate, and I put the pressure onmyself that I needed to do exactly what these people did in order to be successful in life. I did notwant to let my parents down, but soon enough I realized I was not into being a doctor, I wantedto be an art designer. I was not happy at all to pursue what my parents planned for me; I onlycared for what others and forgot about myself. It applied directly on what Seneca stated that topursue happiness, you have to care for yourself and try not to imitate others. Another aspect that I find very interesting and inspiring from Seneca is that in order to behappy, we have to live a fearless life, we have the rights to voice our sound with virtue ethics(moral acts only towards happiness). Seneca says that “The happy life, therefore, is a life is inharmony with its own nature, and it can be attainted it in only way. We must have a sound mindand one that is in constant possession of its sanity; second, it must be courageous and energetic,1
and too, capable of the noblest fortitude, ready for emergency, careful of the body and of all thatconcerns it, but without anxiety; lastly, it must be attentive to all the advantages that adorn life,but with over much love for none – the user, but not the slave, of the gifts of Fortune.” Practicingmoral ethics is a very challenging because actions are louder than words; human can harm othersjust to get what they want in life. With that being said, if we decide to choose pursue happinessby doing whatever it takes, then it is not considered to be Seneca’s way. A man can choose toacts good or evil due to his way of thinking how should he do it – “It is the power of the mind tobe unconquerable, wise from experience, calm in action, showing the while much courtesy andconsideration in relations with others.” I can totally relate to this because I could have just sold