Wednesday, August 26, 2020


On Equal Terms

Seneca, Natural Questions 5.1.8-9 (on earthquakes; tr. Harry M. Hine):
This is one outstanding feature of the justice of nature, that when it comes to death, we are all on equal terms. So it makes no difference whether a single stone crushes me, or I am buried by an entire mountain; whether the weight of a single house falls on me, and I perish beneath its paltry rubble and dust, or the entire earth blots out my life; whether I breathe my last in the daylight and in the open or in a huge rift in the gaping earth; whether I am carried to those depths alone or with a great company of peoples falling with me. It makes no difference to me how great a commotion surrounds my death; death amounts to the same thing everywhere.

hoc habet inter cetera iustitiae suae natura praecipuum quod, cum ad exitum ventum est, omnes in aequo sumus. nihil itaque interest utrum me lapis unus elidat, an monte toto premar; utrum supra me domus unius onus veniat et sub exiguo eius cumulo ac pulvere exspirem, an totus caput meum terrarum orbis abscondat; in luce hunc et in aperto spiritum reddam an in vasto terrarum dehiscentium sinu; solus in illud profundum an cum magno comitatu populorum concadentium ferar; nihil interest mea quantus circa mortem meam tumultus sit: ipsa ubique tantundem est.

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