Know what you are getting in to Chapter 4 by Enchiridion is all about knowing what you get in to and being ready for what it is. “When going about any action, keep in mind what the nature of that action is” Know what kind of thing it is. As in “I am going to […]Read More Enchiridion by Epictetus, chapter 4 – Keeping your cool while bathing
With regard to whatever objects give you delight, are useful, or are deeply loved, remember to tell yourself of what general nature they are, beginning from the most insignificant things. If, for example, you are fond of a specific ceramic cup, remind yourself that it is only ceramic cups in general of which you are […]Read More Enchiridion by Epictetus, chapter 3 – Your favorite cup may break
Desire and aversion Believe it or not. We can make some choices regarding things we desire, or are aversive of. Sometimes, I would agree, it does not feel quite like that. I myself have some aversions which most of the time seem almost completely and utterly out of my control. Perhaps there are some desires like […]Read More Enchiridion by Epictetus, chapter 2 – Use choice and refusal, but lightly
The distinction I drive around the town in my car, minding my own business. I am a diligent driver; I maintain my vehicle properly, follow all the rules and practice caution. Still an unexpected can happen. Someone else may crash my car. I might make a mistake. The damn Bimmer can break down and leave […]Read More Enchiridion by Epictetus, chapter 1 – What is in my power?