10.21.09 - 10.21.09 Letters From Seneca Letter 7 o o Avoid the corrupting influence of the crowd Large numbers of people are sure to introduce vice

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10.21.09 Letters From Seneca Letter 7 o Avoid the corrupting influence of the crowd o Large numbers of people are sure to introduce vice, they are going to make you a worse man or a worse person than you were before, that’s the simple message in this letter o Seneca is a stoic philosopher o Stoics aimed at peace of mind by subordinating passion and emotions to reason o Large crowds of people are likely to infect you with vices o Stay away from crowds, public shows will make you more cruel and less humane o Discusses when he goes to a show, says the shows was pure brutality o Seneca criticizes wild beast fights o When your mind is impressionable, and you see this kind of spectacle you will be drawn it o How do you handle the world? Do you hate the world, withdraw from the world? Or just be drawn in? To hate or imitate the world But Seneca says we have one more options With withdraw into ourselves, but associate with the right kind of people, people that can make you a better person and people that you can make better
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2010 for the course CLAS 208 taught by Professor Baron during the Spring '10 term at McGill.

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10.21.09 - 10.21.09 Letters From Seneca Letter 7 o o Avoid the corrupting influence of the crowd Large numbers of people are sure to introduce vice

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