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In the Handbook of Epictetus freedom is used or described in a very vague term In example thirty-four Epictetus describes freedom in terms of your desires He states that when you encounter pleasure you should not be overcome by it He also says you should think of how you feel when the pleasure is over He says after the pleasure you might regret it and then how would you feel Epictetus describes freedom by saying freedom is not being under the power of another person Freedom also means you own your passions and desires In other words if you are free you will never set yourself up to be hurt by another human being So in the example if you never feel pleasure or never give into your desires you are not only free but you will never get hurt In my opinion every human being is going to give into pleasure for the simple fact that humans enjoy pleasure and are not strong enough to never give in to our desires Humans would drift through life basically lifeless Pleasure and desires are what we live for If we were to go through life never feeling pleasure what kind of world would this be Epictetus might respond to this a very simple way He might say this world would be a wonderful place because no humans would ever have their feelings hurt If you never have your feelings hurt you can not treasure the good feelings So again people would drift through life as zombies never knowing what giving in to their desires feels like Many people would go crazy After all is it not better to have loved and get hurt than to have never loved at all If humans never love than they are not giving in to their desires either Epictetus is basically asking something that is impossible Humans must give in to their desires and feel pleasure in order to go
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