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leopoldson

Member Since 17 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 17 2011 03:02 AM
hopes he will be a better human being at the end of his life than the one he is now Updated 17 Feb · 0 comments
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About Me

This is a quotation of one of my favorite western texts : The Enchiridion (Epictetus) (Translated by Elizabeth Carter)

Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.

The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belonging to others. Remember, then, that if you suppose that things which are slavish by nature are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. You will lament, you will be disturbed, and you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you suppose that only to be your own which is your own, and what belongs to others such as it really is, then no one will ever compel you or restrain you. Further, you will find fault with no one or accuse no one. You will do nothing against your will. No one will hurt you, you will have no enemies, and you not be harmed.

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