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Unformatted text preview: Epictetus does not fully state that in order to be happy we need to rid ourselves of desires and attachments, but know what kind of outcome is to happen if we choose to follow those desires and attachments. Free will is fundamental in the pursuit of happiness, and it is the complete control over our desires, and our ability to reflect on them is what helps us to decide which are worth doing and which are not. Consequently we must know that something bad is bound to happen, but dont let that stop us from doing it and approaching it with the right attitude so as to not hurt the chances for good to happen. Epictetus backs this claim up with a very profound statement Do not seek to have events happen as you want them to, but instead want them to happen as they do happen, and your life will go well, (Epictetus 8). This is a hard way to think for most people, but once someone is able to change their thoughts they will be able to truly live a happy life. 2...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course PHIL 1304 taught by Professor J during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring '07