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On Wars and Rumors of Wars

- by Seneca the Younger

Only what cannot be taken away from you belongs to you. Anger comes from a perception that our rights have been violated or taken away from us. Therefore, if you are angry because someone violated or took away your rights,

1) either you are making a false judgment about a right that belongs to you by Nature,
2) or you are making a false judgment about something being taken from you that belongs to you by Nature and cannot be taken from you.

Successful confrontation comes, not from anger but from the intersection of the Four Virtues of Temperance, Wisdom, Fortitude, and Justice.

The absence of Virtue in the West today is why it is entangled in so many wars abroad and so many riots at home.

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