Monday

June 8

WHAT, then, must I at one time be called to a trial; must another at another time be scorched by a fever; another be exposed to the sea; another die; and another be condemned?

Yes; for it is impossible, in such a body, in such a world, and among such companions, but that some or other of us must fall into such circumstances. Your business, when you come into them, is to say what you ought, to order things as you can. Then, says one, “I decide that you have acted unjustly." Much good may it do you; I have done my part. You are to look to it, whether you have done yours; for there is some danger of that too, let me tell you.

EPICTETUS. DISCOURSES. Book ii. §5. ¶5

7 comments:

  1. We will experience nastiness and bad circumstances in life. Our goal is to meet those circumstances with virtue and aplomb. Life happens and it is how you deal with the challenges that shows your virtue.

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  2. I love the way this is translated. The 2nd pp rolls of the tongue so smoothly, it is almost poetic. It is a reminder that I should behave as I ought in any given circumstance.

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  3. It doesn't matter what people say one must always act with virtue in mind. People will judge and say what they will but we must not be swayed by their judgments but continue to act with virtue as our only goal.

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  4. We cannot prevent the world from being what it is. Challenges will come, disasters, human or natural, will arise, friends will disappoint and betray. We ought not to wish that these things did not happen to us, but rather, face them with equanimity. Remain wise, courageous, generous, pious, moderate in the face of reversals, and work, where it is possible, to redress the imbalance. The virtuous life is not about living on a cloud, but about walking upright through the storm.

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  5. Today has been particularly trying... This reading is very applicable and a reminder to remain calm and live the virtues through the storm. Throughout everything to act with kindness and generosity to others realizing that it is human to make mistakes.

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  6. Life happens, the good and the bad. It isn't about the circumstances but how you continue to walk and live your life virtuously. The virtuous life is not about living on a cloud, but about walking upright through the storm.

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