Epictetus was a second-century stoic Greek philosopher whose beliefs were recorded by his disciple Arrian in this short volume of aphorisms, Manual for Living.
While other philosophers were concerned about metaphysics, Epictetus’ writing centers around applying philosophy to daily life. His primary teachings involve understanding the concept of fate and realizing which events are out of our control. Those who find true happiness, he finds, don’t look for external events to change, but find it from within.
With his rich voice, Jim Roberts provides an uninflected and stately reading of this ancient forerunner to the self-help manual.
(P)2009 Jimcin Recordings
The writing of Epictetus is as relevant, practical and powerful today as the day it was written. His writing should be required reading in all schools. He teaches how to build one's character, achieve excellence in, and take control of, one's life. He is not advocating the easiest life, but rather, the best life possible.
I'm not sure this isn't just another translation of what I've already read. Still, it was quite good and any repetition would do me no harm. I was say the major thesis was the development of equanimity. I don't think people always understand the concept. The concept is NOT about NOT feeling, it is about not being attached to any feeling. There is specific advice in the book reminding us that our feelings are tied to our thoughts. If I don't get something, it isn't sad, it's my thought about the thing which has me feel sad.
My only gripe is that I wished it was longer. But I suppose it was only what it was meant to be. A "manual" for living, no more.
Good listen, good price. Ok-ish narration.
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