I don’t think so. I think it’s important to be able to think about the past in a way that allows us to understand the present and the future. The Stoics were very interested in the idea that we can’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. We can only imagine it, and that’s what makes us human. But we also can imagine things that will never come to pass. That’s why the Stoic philosopher Epictetus says, “If you want to know how things will turn out, you have to ask yourself, ‘What will happen if I do this or that?’ If you can answer that question, then you’ll know that you’re on the right track.” That kind of thinking is very important because it allows you to have a sense of perspective on things. It’s not just a matter of imagining what might have happened, but also imagining how it would have turned out if you had done things differently.
It’s also interesting to me that the ancient Greeks and Romans had a very different view of the world than we do today. For example, they didn’t believe in free will. They believed in determinism, which is the view that everything happens for a reason. If something happens, it must be because of something else. There’s no room for the possibility that something might happen for no reason at all. There’s a lot of evidence that suggests that this is not the case and that there are a variety of reasons why things happen. One of those reasons is that they’re the result of a series of events that have been set in motion by the gods. Another reason might be that some people are born with a particular set of talents that make them better at certain things than others. And so on. These are all reasons that people have for what they do and why they choose to do it. All of these reasons can be traced back to something that is outside of their control. So, for instance, if someone has a talent that makes it easier for them to play a musical instrument than someone who doesn’t have that talent, the person who has the talent will be more likely to succeed at the instrument. This is an example of an external cause that affects an individual’s life, not an internal cause like a person’s will to live or a desire to achieve a certain goal.