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Question 1 Epictetus and Mill both believe that life is going well if it matches up with your desires with the state of the world. Epictetus believes that the good life is how things are going within you. He believes that the good life is something according to yourself, such as your mind and thoughts. Epictetus explains how the good life is nonphysical and only what you can control. Epictetus says that your life will go well and you will be happy if you arrange your desires so that you want whatever the world brings you. Mill believes that the good life is involved with hedonism. Mill believes that happiness is the only desirable end in order to have a good life. They can have two very different pictures of what a good life looks like because their beliefs come down to different conclusions. These different conclusions are due to the fact that they both do not agree on a definition of happiness. Epictetus thinks happiness is involved in things you cannot control like thoughts, opinions, desires, and in your mind. Mill thinks happiness is something that has psychical value and is desired. I think Epictetus is more right because his argument does not have any objections against it, while Mill has the pig objection, the possibility objection and the impossibility objection. I also think Epictetus is more right because you are truly happy and living a good life if your thoughts and mind are happy since we only have control over our own mind. Epictetus believes that we do not have the ability to control anything outside of our mind like people, sickness, property, etc. And if we don’t have the ability to control those aspects of life, it is simple to keep our mind happy and let everything else just happen. I agree with Epictetus and his way of thinking. Question 2 Hate speech does cause harm. It causes harm because hate speech has the ability to restrict people from doing things that they want to or enjoy doing.
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