The Engrossed


Seneca had a word for men who were consumed with the chase after worldly riches and pleasures to the exclusion of everything else.  He called them occupati, the past participle of the verb occupare.  They were so busy in this obsessive, single-minded pursuit of the phantoms of prosperity that they never properly set aside time for themselves.  The word occupati means engrossed, preoccupied, or obsessed.  And I think this word is a fitting description.

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