Seneca on Fortune

“What fortune has made yours is not your own.”

-Letter VIII to Lucilius

Roman philosopher Seneca here reminds Lucilius of a sentiment he earlier expressed. Fortune, in its abitrary forces, plays a massive role in the lives we lead. If we are a society that values the individual above the family and work ethic above all else, then perhaps fortune ought to be a lens through which we view and regard our merits. I find this quotation especially relevant considering the recent corruption we have found in our universities’ admissions offices. The scheming seems all the more pitiable when one accounts for the fact that many of the individuals admitted under unfair circumstances come from places of affluence. 

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