Seneca, Loving Philosophy, Loving God, Loving our Neighbor
Seneca asks, "Why do we deceive ourselves? The evil that afflicts us is not external, it is within us, situated in our very souls; for that reason we heal that much more difficultly, because we do not know we are diseased." It is easier to improve ourselves if "we begin to mold and reconstruct our souls before they are hardened by sin. But I do not despair even of a hardened sinner. There is nothing that will not surrender to persistent treatment, to concentrated and careful attention, however the timber is bent, you can make it straight again. Heat unbends curved beams. How much more easily does the soul permit itself to be shaped!"