“Philosophy Core Concepts: Epictetus on Contentiousness And Its Opposite”

Another very good lecture from Dr. Sadler:

Pausing at 7:40, I appreciate that Epictetus pointed out we humans weren’t constituted as tame and have to work on checking ourselves since we’re driven elsewhere by our natural state.

Yep, gotta learn how to not keep falling into that trap myself. That’s the trouble with being so reactive. Others get under my skin too easily, and I’ve been spending time around too many drunks and idiots who aren’t going to act any differently than how they always do. So it’s on me to first remove myself from the company of these people (which I am doing at present in terms of leaving these bars and their regular patrons alone), then get settled enough inside myself to where I can remain steadier when I do come across them in the future. Because it’s no fun feeling like an ass, nor is it much fun in hindsight behaving like a predator of prey. All feels like a waste of time and energy at the end of the day.

An audiobook I’ve been listening to recently is A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine.