“These reasonings are unconnected: “I am richer than you, therefore I am better”; “I am more eloquent than you, therefore I am better.” The connection is rather this: “I am richer than you, therefore my property is greater than yours;” “I am more eloquent than you, therefore my style is better than yours.” But you, after all, are neither property nor style.” –Epictetus
Epictetus, A Greek Philosopher who lived during the 1st and 2nd centuries CE.
This quote is quite the opposite of the PEOPLE who currently are in charge of the most powerful civilization the world has ever known. Odd isn’t it. How long can the “most developed civilization” remain so with “followers” striving to be so lowly?
“Epictetus’ chief concerns are with integrity, self-management, and personal freedom . . .”
Learn more about Epictetus, a SLAVE who rose to Philosopher, at Stanford Encyclopedia, here.
From GettingStronger.org – Stoicism
Philosophy is often thought of as a type of speculative thought or dry academic analysis that has little to do with the challenges of real life. But this was not the case in ancient Greece and Rome; nor, for that matter the Far East. Stoicism in the West, like Buddhism in the East, was a philosophy that sought not only to explain the nature of the physical world and our knowledge of it; but also to provide guidance on how to live the best life, and how to confront the challenges we all face in living. Much of the role that philosophy used to play in helping guide our actions was increasingly ceded to religion, and more recently to secular substitutes for religion. Stoicism was one of several “schools” of philosophy that played a guiding role in the lives of Greeks and Romans, from the illustrious to the ordinary. . . .
Explore, learn, live. I am truly amazed at how much America’s “education” system purposely casts aside.
What if? Our “people” were concerned with TRUTH and Learning, instead of Political Correctness and “feeling good”…