Musonius Rufus — Lecture VII: That one should disdain hardship

[image: by Keenan Constance from Pexels; this is essay #301 in the Figs in Winter series]

Nobody enjoys hardship. Or, at least, that’s what people are likely to say if asked: do you prefer to work hard or to dedicate yourself to some pleasure? But the issue is only superficially so straightforward. Let me prove to you right here that sometimes people prefer hardship to pleasure.