Seneca was a Roman statesman and philosopher whose writings have been influential for 2000 years. But Seneca was a flawed individual. He became tutor to the future emperor Nero, and was Nero's advisor during the first part of his reign. During this time Seneca amassed a vast fortune due to his position, and at the same time tried to pursue the 'philosophical life'. His contemporaries called him a hypocrite, but his dilemma as a man with ambitions who also wanted to be a man of wisdom give him an almost contemporary aspect. This short excerpt from The Spiritual Teachings of Seneca is a good introduction to the man and his thought.
Mark Forstater is a film, TV, radio and audio producer as well as the author of six non-fiction books. His most famous film production is Monty Python and The Holy Grail, but he has also made twenty nine other films in a career that has lasted for over 40 years.Forstater has written six books and audios on philosophy and spirituality, including . He has also produced an audio of the famous Chinese classic the Tao Te Ching, read by the late Sir Nigel Hawthorne. Mark Forstater was born in Philadelphia, USA, and moved to England in 1964 to attend Manchester University. After graduating from Temple University, Philadelphia in 1965 he returned to the UK and has lived in London ever since. After attending the London Film School he began making films in 1969. Mark’s interest in spiritual matters began in the early 1970s when he was introduced to the works of Confucius, Mencius, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. He was immediately inspired by Chinese philosophy, in particular Taoism. He is a member of the British Taoist Association, a group which aims to bring the authentic teachings of Taoism to the West. Mark Forstater’s self-cultivation practices include meditation, yoga, tai chi, as well as massage and self-massage. He has recently published The 7th Python. Mark has been married twice, has four children and three grandchildren.I Survived A Secret Nazi Extermination Camp ,The Spiritual Teachings of Yoga, The Spiritual Teachings of The Tao, The Spiritual Teachings of Marcus Aurelius and The Living Wisdom of Socrates
"I have read this, not a bad introduction to Seneca and for those who don't want the whole philosophy of stoicism over analysed. Presentable, readable and understandable." Jason (Amazon)
"We are subject from an early age to mass media infiltration and educational training that give us few tools with which to build up a strong sense of personal self. Our sense of self is weak and we’re left confused and uncertain about who we are, and what our role in life is.What we need is to shore up that immature and tentative self, to find out just who we are, and what we believe.
Until we can do this, we will not be able to change ourselves or anything else in our world, but will merely drift with the tide of received opinion. And this opinion is manipulated by people who would prefer that we do not think for ourselves.
Mark Forstater is telling you how we have all been hypnotised by those who control the system. Is this why they don't teach philosophy in state schools. We have a two tier school system in this country and I have worked in both. Its noticeable that public school children are walking around with books like Tom Paine's The Age of Reason tucked under their arms at the age of 11 and children in state schools have never heard of him." Thomas T Allen (Amazon)