Seneca to Lucilius: 42, good people are rare, sages exceedingly so

The forty-second letter by Seneca to Lucilius begins by referring a common friend, who apparently went around arguing that he was a good man. Seneca is skeptical, as he thinks that it takes time to become, and to be recognized as, good. Then he adds:

“You realize what sort of good man I mean in the present context: one