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Sub Specie Aeternitatis

Sub Specie Aeternitatis

Translated from Latin, 'under the aspect of eternity' is a phrase from philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

For Spinoza, philosophy teaches us to look at things, such as our own suffering and disappointment, as though we were looking from high down at the earth. From this high perspective, our troubles no longer seem so insurmountable.

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