Epictetus of Greece

“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”…

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2 thoughts on “Epictetus of Greece

  1. Was Epictetus related to Epicurus? I’m very fond of those Epicureans (they always dine in the buff when you least suspect it! )Wouldn’t that make them stoic? Or are they just enjoyng moderate pleasure?

  2. “I am truly amazed at how much America’s “education” system purposely casts aside.”

    I am in my 7th decade of life, and can honestly say that the only times I was ever exposed to classical thinking was in HS Latin classes and college philosophy/ethics back in the early ’60s, with the exception of my trying to find time as an adult to read classics. It just doesn’t happen in government run schools, nor in parochial schools that have to function under state laws and approved textbooks.

    p.s.
    The voucher system in my state is even making the parochial school lunchroom comply. Wonder if these schools will also have to give up what little philosophical edge they have over the state run schools.

    Time to get yourselves on the local school boards, or at least attend the meetings and keep abreast of happenings. Also, in some states, a township/town, etc lay citizen can become a member of the book adoption committees.
    Go for it people.

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