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September 16, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Choice is Your Best Faculty, Don't be Distracted (Epictetus Discourses II.23)

This discourse cautions us against neglecting faculties that are less important than choice. Our hearing, sight etc. may not be as important as our ability to choose, but they are valuable.

September 13, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Choose to be a true friend (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.22)

You cannot truly love anyone if you cannot tell the difference between what is good, what is bad, and what is indifferent. We readily admit to our faults, if we believe we are not truly responsible for them, but not when we believe we are responsible for them.

September 9, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Guard Yourself Against Inconsistencies (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English 11.21)

We admit to some of our faults but not to others. When we see a fault as something beyond our control, we admit to it. When we see it as something that should be under our control, we don’t admit to it.

September 7, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Choose the Right Doctrine to Guide You (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.20)

Some ideas are so true that even those who deny the truth of such ideas are forced to make use of them.

September 2, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Choose To Practice, Not To Argue Cleverly (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.19)

There are clever arguments like the Master Argument. But they don’t contribute to living your life better. Most people are good at remembering and repeating what the great philosophers said. That’s of no use either unless we judge for ourselves the truth about the impressions we encounter.

August 30, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Choose Habits To Fight Impressions

When you repeat a behavior, it leads to a habit. When you don’t repeat a behavior, it does not lead to a habit. We sustain habits by feeding behaviors associated with them. When we keep feeding anger, for example, we become ill-tempered.

August 26, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Knowing Means Nothing If You Don’t Practice The Right Way (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.17)

You should come to learn philosophy with no conceit. We all understand intuitively concepts like good and bad. But we don’t know how to apply them properly to a given situation. This is why get into conflict with other.

August 23, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Our Choices Give Rise To Good And Evil (Epictetus Discourses in Plain English II.16)

All good and evil arise out of the choices we make. You will stop being fearful once you understand the nature of praise and blame. We are given the gift of endurance, nobility, and courage. Let’s use them to solve our problems and stop complaining.

August 19, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Choose A Sound Foundation For Your Decisions (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.15)

1. Some people make decisions and stand by them, because they believe standing by their decision is the right thing to do. 2. However, standing by one’s decision is good only if the decisions are based on a sound foundation.

August 16, 2017 - Ancient Stoicism in Plain English
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Align Your Desires With Reality (Epictetus’ Discourses in Plain English II.14)

1. The learning process is difficult. While the results are pleasing, the practice is monotonous. 2. The practice of a philosopher is to bring his desires in line with whatever happens. Nothing can happen against his will so his life is free from sorrow, fear, and disturbance.