Philosophy : The Enchiridion, One Acts With The Virtues Of Humility

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As rational beings, we become more conscious of the law that guides all things. Virtue consists in conscious acknowledgement with the order of things in life. According to Epictetus ' The Enchiridion, one acts with the virtues of Stoicism: human imperfection, caution, self-control, and courage. We can relate what Epictetus is saying to our own lives. It appears that people feel comfort in knowing that one has no control over destiny. Everything happens for a reason.
Epictetus says we can control certain things.
“Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions. The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belonging to others. Remember, then, that if you suppose that things, which are slavish by nature, are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. You will lament, you will be disturbed, and you will find fault both with gods and men.…”(pg. 85-86)

Epictetus discusses a complex group of concepts. One concept is that one should live with the awareness of human imperfection and boundaries. He feels that one is able to abandon the feelings of disrespect and desire by allowing all that is ill-fated to appear before one 's eyes each…

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