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Should anyone lazily, passively, quietly, and cowardly accept things as they are? Or should he challenge them, rebel against them and criticize them irreverently, even scornfully? Are they correct, those saints who declare--or even Stoic thinkers like Seneca who accept--all suffering and pain not only as God's will for us but also as our own will? Seneca says, "Take all things as if desired and asked for." (He referred to tribulations.) But philosophy teaches that if you accept life do not accept blindly. Seek the lesson, the instruction, the education, and karmic reason and cause behind it. Add knowledge to your faith.

-- Perspectives > Chapter 13: Human Experience > # 12