Monday, April 29, 2019
Epictetus Discourses 3.5 - To those who leave because of illness
While some want to die in the act of enjoying something they love (i.e. racing, travelling, etc), Epictetus wants to die in the act of improving his character.
He wants to be:
If he falls ill, he will do so without complaining.
He will always have a smile on his face; ready to accept any fate assigned to him; being full of gratitude; willing to see and appreciate all of God's works and accept God's "governing order" (see v. 9-10, p. 154).
Socrates said, "As one person rejoices in improving his land, and another his horse, so I rejoice day by day in observing that I myself am becoming better" ... never finding "fault with anyone, whether god or human being, and never [reproaching] anyone, and always [having] the same expression on [my] face (v. 14-16, p. 154).
"Who of you sets this as his purpose, then? Because if you did, you'd willingly undergo illness, hunger, and death" (v. 18, p. 154).