“When someone criticizes you, they do so because they believe they are right. They can only go by their views, not yours. If their views are wrong, it is they who will suffer the consequences. Keeping this in mind, treat your critics with compassion. When you are tempted to get back at them, remind yourself, ‘They did what seemed to them to be the right thing to do.’ ”

Epictetus Handbook 42, translated by Chuck Chaprakani

Tonight I’m going to The Philosophy Shed at my local uni. Topic: the good life. No, not the British off-couples sitcom from the ‘70s. The Epicurean good life. I shall be restrained in my Stoic critiques.


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