Monday, April 27

SHORTNESS OF LIFE

Now that I have less time for men I have more time to read. Moto Taxi Guy is currently in Turkey for a holiday with his wife, I am at home reading Seneca “On The Shortness Of Life” (Life is Long if You Know How to Use It). What Seneca describes comes very near to Buddhist philosophy: don’t think about the past or dream about the future, try to be here now because this moment is your life. The only reason why I bought this book is because of it’s title. There where other titles in the series which were equally appealing (On the Pleasure of hating, On Art and Life, Why I am So Wise) but one has to start somewhere. Even if it is not always possible, one should organise every day as though it were your last. Seneca writes: “You must match time’s swiftness with your speed in using it, and you must drink quickly as though from a rapid stream that will not always flow.” But the best part is his description of Livius Drusus: “ it is uncertain whether he died by his own hand, for he collapsed after receiving a sudden wound in the groin, some people doubting whether his death was self-inflicted, but no one doubting that it was timely.”