What, then, makes a person free from hindrance and self-determining? For wealth doesn’t, neither does high-office, state, or kingdom - rather, something else must be found… in the case of living, it is the knowledge of how to live.”
Epictetus, Discourses, 4.1.62-64
Just kidding… life is complex, difficult, and challenging at every turn. Even if that weren’t the case, how would one go about DOING those two things, anyway?
Well, shit… that’s easy, too:
Avoid distractions. Say no to destructive emotions. Don’t yield to outside pressure. Do only what’s within your power and influence. Don’t squander the limited time we’ve got in the MiddleRealm. Treat others as we’d like to be treated. Finally, remember that every moment we live, we have an opportunity to practice all the above do’s and don'ts.
Going through life while awake takes a lot more effort than sleepwalking through it.
No… it’s not easy, but few things so rich in reward are.
(See y’all tomorrow)