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To start off I will review the question How does Epictetus believe human beings should live What things does he think we should pursue and what things does he think we should avoid Epictetus has one main belief and that belief is the practice of Stoicism The Main idea of this practice is that some things are up to us and some things are not up to us Our opinions are up to us and our impulses desires aversions in short whatever is our doing Our bodies are not up to us nor are our possessions our reputations or our public offices or that is whatever is not our doing Encheiridion p279 psg 1 What he is saying here is that the thing in our life that we have no control over are things like our opinions or our impulses These are the things are up to us we have the say in each type of situation For example if we hear of something that would bother us We could make our own opinion on the matter and no one else can do anything about that T o refute this matter an outside force could sway a persons opinion If a person give his view on the matter and you see that it changes your opinion on the matter Then you had no say on your newfound opinion therefore making it something you dont have control over This could also be seen as a judgment The person who takes in the another opinion on the matter is receiving new information or another side of the event This giving the ability to make a small judgment on the matter The opposite side of the statement is saying that there are things that we dont have control over For example we cannot control bodies reputations or our possessions What its saying is there is external properties you can gain without any doing by you God
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