Posted by: Upāsaka Subhavi | 05/26/2021

A Slave to Body and Mind

A friend commented on this quote earlier today and said something to the effect that she at least hadn’t yet committed suicide. I think the implication was that, despite being a slave to her body, she has not yet debased herself enough to make that a possibility. Honestly, I’m not sure why it was said.

However, in need of a response, I replied that the corollary to Seneca’s pronouncement should be that we are equally unfree if we are slaves to our minds. In other words, if we unquestionably follow every thought and sentiment without first considering it’s goal and usefulness.


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