Enchiridion by Epictetus


October 19th, 2020

25 mins 30 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode


Enchiridion means handbook: practical guide for life

Starts with the dichotomy of control;

  • Some things are in our absolute control, our thoughts, decisions, actions, likes/dislikes
  • Some things are not in our control; our body, what others think, our position in life, property …

Only things that are in our control are good or bad, everything outside of our control is indiffeerent. We shouldn't worry about them.

Example: Epictetus had a lame leg.


  1. Don’t get so upset about things you can do nothnig about
  2. Make a practiice of analyzing your impressions
  3. Remind yourself of the impermanence of things
  4. Be modest, do not grab too much (banquet comparison)
  5. Respond to insults with humor