Seneca to Lucilius: 59, on pleasure and joy

[This is the first of three posts in my occasional “Seneca Week” series.]

“Why is it that folly holds us with such an insistent grasp?” (LIX.9)

This is the excellent question Seneca poses to his friend Lucilius near the beginning of his 59th letter. Seneca wishes to know why is it that we keep doing things that are…