The Stoic Jew

Aurelius - Meditations 4:8: The Stoic Definition of Harm

November 20, 2020 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 2 Episode 5
The Stoic Jew
Aurelius - Meditations 4:8: The Stoic Definition of Harm
Show Notes

What does not make a man worse than he was, neither makes his life worse than it was, nor hurts him without or within.
Aurelius - Meditations 2:1
I cannot be harmed by any of them, for no man can involve me in any wrong …
Epictetus – Enchiridion 1
On the one hand, there are things that are in our power, whereas other things are not in our power. In our power are opinion, impulse, desire, aversion and, in a word, whatever is our own doing. Things not in our power include our body, our possessions, our reputations, our status, and, in a word, whatever is not our own doing. Now, things that are in our power are by nature free, unhindered, unimpeded; but things not in our power are weak, slavish, hindered, and belong to others. Remember, therefore, that whenever you suppose those things that are by nature slavish to be free, or those things that belong to others to be your own, you will be hindered, miserable and distressed, and you will find fault with both God and men. If, however, you suppose to be yours only what is yours, and what belongs to another to belong to another (as indeed it does), no one will ever compel you, no one will hinder you; you will find fault with no one, reproach no one, nor act against your own will, you will have no enemies and no one will harm you, for no harm can touch you
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Stoic texts:
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
Letters from a Stoic Master (Seneca)
The Discourses of Epictetus
The Enchiridion (Handbook) of Epictetus
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