Job alludes to the slave (in the Hebrew slave is the word--eved) and discriminates between him, and the hireling—(saickeer.) Job vii.-2. This is really the only time the Isaelites are mentioned as having "slaves" themselves. Previously this custom was a wild notion, slaves having slaves? But it shows up here, which is considered chronologically, thought … Continue reading Slavery vs Worker in Job.
If you want to improve, reject such reasoning as these: “If I neglect my affairs, I’ll have no income; if I don't correct my servant, he will be bad.” For it is better to die with hunger, exempt from grief and fear, than to live in affluence with perturbation; and it is better your servant … Continue reading Epictetus on Who is really the slave
Regarding whatever objects that give you delight, that you find are useful, or are deeply loved, remember to tell yourself that they are not permanent but transitory. If, for example,you are fond of a specific ceramic cup, remind yourself that it is only a ceramic cup, part of the family of ceramic cups in general of … Continue reading Epictetus on Transience
Epictetus was a Neoplatonist, a philosophy that was basically Stoic but made more palatable to those who shunned the label. He was highly influential on the Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. He is often called the New Socrates, and many of his references to the pagan philosopher in his Handbook are replaced with references to Saint … Continue reading The Philosopher Epictetus on Loss