This is a drawing of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a well known Roman Stoic philosopher who lived from 4BC-AD65.
As emperor Nero of Ancient Greece sentenced Seneca to death by suicide, his wife wept for his death. In response Seneca called out, “What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.”
This is an opaque example of Stoicism, however it is pertinent in showing that there are many events in life available for grievance, but by keeping in mind life’s expected pain and eventual cessation, it may not only be easier to develop a greater appreciation for the present moment, but as well value less time spent relishing in sorrow and complaint.
Life is temporary, to not be present is to waste the opportunity to be alive.
This artwork is made to help its viewers reflect upon the accumulation of insight this philosopher reveals.