According to Seneca, we should offer ourselves to fate, inasmuch as “it is a great consolation that it is together with the universe we are swept along.”1
The fatalism advocated by the Stoics is in a sense the reverse, or one might say the mirror image, of negative visualization: Instead of thinking about how our situation could be worse, we refuse to think about how it could be better.
Had crystal meth existed in the ancient world, the Stoics would doubtless have counseled against its use.
Seneca observes that “chastity comes with time to spare, lechery has never a moment.”11