Epictetus I really feel that quote is deep I will explain on that topic later on in the paper. He was really ahead of his time. I chose Epictetus because he stated facts in my opinion, also he was a slave, and he stands on what he believes. I feel like as a result of his stoic philosophy teaching that his thoughts live on even in today era. Let me elaborate with the slave accusations. He’s been through the struggle probably most things he didn’t want to do he had to do which was out of his control. I’m sure just like in the earlier days of civilization slave didn’t have rights. Eventually Epictetus bought out his own freedom I can respect that in all aspects. He didn’t run and he didn’t hide just accepted what it is and what it was going to
As we all know Aristotle is the founder of western science and has his own theory about moral luck. Epictetus, on the other hand, has his own theory about the topic as well. Moral luck is considered to be when a person takes full praise or blame for an outcome of a situation, even when the person did not have full control over the action or the consequence in the first place. While having an open mind to both sides of the debate, let's compare Aristotle and Epictetus’ viewpoints on the issue. Although they share some similarities in their findings, the difference between Aristotle and Epictetus is clear.
I agree with your post about Epictetus's Enchiridion. We are responsible for our outcomes in life and it is up to us to live our own best possible life, regardless of other people's opinions. I also agree and disagree with some of the statements that were made. We do have control over certain aspects of our life's. But there are certain things we are not able to control. For example, we are not able to control our genetics but we are able to control our health on a daily basis. In regrades to reputation, it is our own responsibility to present ourselves in the best way possible. But what other people think about us is out of our hands. People are external factors, everyone comes from different backgrounds and views in life. How I am living
¨Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.¨ This is similar to Frederick Douglass because he lived his most of his life in slavery and then after slavery ended he chose to live his life the way he wanted. Frederick Douglass was an African American slave who wanted to abolish slavery after hearing the word abolish so many times. Douglass´s audience were many other African Americans who also said slavery was a bad thing. How slavery was bad for slaves and how it corrupts slave owners.
On the other hand, the speaker fails to realize that we as humans are free people that can do what we want, but internally we are imprisoned. Ultimately the speaker feels unaware to the fact that we are self conscious about our actions as people. Stan Rice first highlights the speaker’s obsession
Slaves were warned to obey their masters, “As to the Lord and not to men.” However, their masters were also held to this same standard. Masters were expected to treat their slaves well and even to treat them as brothers, as God is the master of all people, including
He can choose his own path in life. " To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else. " This quote shows the concept that individuals must be free to live their lives and to realize their potential.
Cassius is a follower of Epicurus while Brutus adheres to Stoicism. Due to philosophy being the love of wisdom, these contrasting philosophical views help the reader understand the driving motives of the two men, as well as the rationale of Brutus’ virtuosity and Cassius’ wickedness. According to Stanley, “Epicureans believe that pleasure could not be increased beyond the removal of all disturbance” (47). Cassius’ belief in the teachings of Epicurus may have contributed to his view of Caesar as a threat and disturbance to Rome.
He said “the life of the instinctive man is shut up within the circle of his private interests. But, if our life is to be great and free, we must escape this prison. The main way of doing so is through knowledge, because all acquisition of knowledge is an enlargement of the Self. Through knowledge our mind becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good. Knowledge makes us citizens of the universe, and in this citizenship of the universe consist man’s true freedom, and his liberation from the thraldom of narrow hopes and fears.”
The Isa Upanishad, in a broad sense, concerns itself with the quest for enlightenment and finding one’s self, or soul. It repeatedly emphasizes the importance of this venture and reiterates the plight of those who choose to remain ignorant, or in “blind darkness”; or even worse, those who delight in learning and find themselves in a “greater darkness”. These themes are also explored in various forms in the other extracts.
Moreover, no religion should allow a person being used or traded like property, and instead they should talk about the values of life. The first part of the quote states that no one amongst the two families is a coward. Well, then if someone is not a coward then that must mean they can stand up to and against anything and everything. Then if this is true, then why do the families own slaves if they claim they aren’t cowards. If they aren’t cowards, they should be able to do things by themselves without having someone else do it for them.
Death is truly a tragic event, however it is even more tragic when it is the loss of a child, especially when that loss is easily avoidable by thinking actions through rather than hanging onto romantic ideals of how things
He stated “I have found that, to make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no inconsistencies