Daily touch of inspirations: April 15
Nothing will ever befall me that I will receive with gloom or a bad disposition. I will pay my taxes gladly. Now, all the things which cause complaint or dread are like the taxes of life- things from which, my dear Lucilius, you should never hope for exemption or seek escape. —Seneca, Moral Letters, 96.2
Daily Touch of Inspirations
April 15th: Pay your taxes
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
As your income taxes come due, you might be like many people- complaining at what you have to fork over to the government. Forty percent of everything I make goes to these people? And for what?!
First off, taxes go to a lot of programs and services you almost certainly take for granted. Second, you think you're special? People have been complaining about their taxes for thousands of years, and now they're dead. Get over it. Third, this is a good problem to have. Far better than to say, making so little there is nothing left to pay the government or living in an anarchy and having to pay for every basic service in a struggle against nature.
But more important, income taxes are not the only taxes you pay in life. They are just the financial form. Everything we do has a toll attached to it. Waiting around is a tax on traveling. Rumors and gossip are the taxes that come from acquiring a public persona. Disagreements and occasional frustrations are taxes placed on even the happiest of relationships. Theft is a tax on abundance and having things that other people want. Stress and problems are tariffs that come attached to success. And on and on and on.
There are many forms of taxes in life. You can argue with them, you can go to great- but ultimately futile- lengths to evade them, or you can simply pay them and enjoy the fruits of what you get to keep.
The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living
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