"On Anger" by Seneca the Younger

Considering myself, as an impulsive person and that I usually get angry in stressful situations (I rarely find myself melancholic, or sad) it was helpful to get some side view on what anger can be.

"On Anger" by Seneca the Younger

🚀 Book in 3 sentences?

  1. About anger 🙂
  2. About how destructive it is for our lives
  3. Finding ways to defeat anger and completely eradicate it

🎨 Impressions

Considering myself, as an impulsive person and that I usually get angry in stressful situations (I rarely find myself melancholic, or sad) it was helpful to get some side view on what anger can be. I read the book in one day, as the style is catchy and quite understandable. Seneca describes anger from different angles, and this book seemed extremely relevant to me today. It left only positive impressions, I can’t say that it opened some secret knowledge, but I saw a couple of interesting thoughts and consolidated my opinion about this feeling.  It is astonishing, that concepts which were created thousands of years ago are still applicable in XXI century.

☘️ What this book gave me

As I wrote above - no secret knowledge, but I confirmed my idea with various examples - anger must be removed from my life. Of course, this is not always easy to be calm and stress resilient, but it is all in our head. Whatever the situation, we can interpret it differently and behave accordingly.

😎For who?

I would recommend it to anyone who is over 16 years old and, preferably, re-read every 4-5 years. It is a nice reminder about all the downsides of being outraged and angry, I believe understanding such concepts can shape a better future for all of us.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

Other people's vices are before our eyes, we always turn our backs on our own.
These things are inseparable from each other: the character will either be kind or it will not be great.
So, anger has never served for anything good either in peacetime or in war. For he turns the world into a kind of war, and in war he forgets that Mars is impartial, and seeks to subjugate others, although he does not control himself.