More on the Manual of Epictetus, aka The Enchiridion, from around 135 CE.
In this part we discuss more about Epictetus's directives, including making your will "conformable to nature," different levels of Stoic expertise, the connection between controlling your emotions and seeing truth, what exactly about our mentality we're supposed to be able to control, personal integrity, how to deal with other people, how not to be a snooty philosopher, and how to behave at parties. Listen to part one first or get the racier, unchopped Citizen Edition.
For a subsequent, more charitable look at Stoicism, listen to our episode 132 on Seneca.
End song: "But I Won't" by Mark Lint from Spanish Armada: Songs of Love and Related Neuroses (1993).
Epictetus image by Sterling Bartlett.
P.S. being a Stoic and feeling slighted at our less-than-fawning treatment here of Stoicism is a practical contradiction! You must will what we have actually recorded!