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The Sophist

Seneca: Curbing Anger

The Stoic’s Cure for the Most Destructive Emotion

Charles Le Brun, The relation between the human physiognomy and that of the Lion (detail) (source: Wikipedia. Courtesy of the Wellcome Collection CC by 4.0)

“We shouldn’t control anger, but destroy it entirely — for what control is there for a thing that’s fundamentally wicked?” — Seneca

In the 1976 film Network, Howard Beale, a long-serving news anchor, decides he’s had enough. He gives an impassioned on-air speech raging against the absurdities and unfairness of life in…

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