April 13, 2016

GETTING RIGHT WITH GOD:

How Seneca got to sleep : Mental workouts and moral inventories (Peter Jones, 9 April 2016, Spectator)

Inevitably, the philosopher Seneca had the answer, provided by his friend Sextius. It took the form of a nightly confessional, in which he pleaded his cause before his own tribunal (once his wife had learned of his habit and respected his silence with her own). Surveying the whole of his day, retracing all his words and deeds, he tells us he concealed nothing from himself and omitted nothing, as he subjected his soul to a rigorous cross-examination: 'What bad habit have I cured today? What fault have I resisted? In what respect am I better?' He delights in the 'tranquil, deep and untroubled sleep' that ensues after his soul has duly delivered its report.

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