February 18 - 2/18/2008-Epictetus Ideal of stoic: not to...

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2/18/2008-Epictetus Ideal of stoic: not to give into emotions To be subject to emotions is essentially to be sick. It’s a disease/disaster because it controls your life. Emotion is in charge. Stoic says to get rid of emotion as much as possible. Don’t have violent emotions like anger or jealousy Being bipolar is considered a disease, but everyone is bipolar If you allow yourself to be controlled by emotions, you are not a person; you are a person subject to fits (of elation, anger). You are not in charge of you life A desire is based on a lack-I desire things I don’t have (love, money) Section 14- Epictetus says- if you have desires and someone else has what you want, you will do whatever you can to get it. that person becomes your master and you their slave. Epictetus becomes a political slave Another type of slavery more dangerous- slavery to your own desires. You will do whatever that person tells you to do in order to get what you want (like a job- if you want a raise, time off, you will do whatever it takes to get what you want) Desires enslave you- you think if you get what you want, you will be free, but it’s the opposite. Desires are self-replicating. They constantly reproduce themselves, so you will always be looking for a master to tell you what you have to do in order to get what you desperately want= slavery. You are not your own master
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