Philosophical reflection from a distance of the current pandemic will help us to comprehend its meaning and to face the unprecedented situation we’re going through.
It is an opportunity to read and compare the philosophical quotes of the past with the present circumstances. To develop inner solutions dealing with the people, the environment, the principles, the values in life the meaning itself.
The lockdown in a way helped to make the complicated, simple, to evaluate health as a top priority, to redesign our life, to look for a reason to smile. We succeeded to change the way we act on a daily basis obeying the suggestions and orders for health and security protection. Though we’re still in the COVID-19 era, we’re able to dream f.e. a journey to Rhodes. To think further of the ordinary routine about things that make us happy f.e. family moments with long discussions. What the kids are dreaming? Our background is the song of the sea in front of Irene Palace. This is not simply a relaxation it is the soul of the family members’ bond.
Epictetus was a` Greek philosopher of 1st and early 2nd centuries C.E. He was an exponent of Stoic ethics notable for the consistency and power of his ethical thought and for effective methods of teaching. Epictetus know that you can be good, regardless of who you are and regardless of when and where you live. Some of the Epictetus quotes follow:
- Of all existing things some are in our power, and others are not in our power. In our power are thought, impulse, will to get and will to avoid, and, in a word, everything which is our own doing. Things not in our power include the body, property, reputation, office, and, in a word everything which is not our own doing. Things in our power are by nature free, unhindered, untrammeled; things not in our power are weak, servile, subject to hindrance, dependent on others.
- Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be the events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.
- In everything you do, consider what comes first and what follows, and so approach it. Otherwise, you will come to it with a good heart at first because you have not reflected on any of the consequences, and afterwards, when difficulties have appeared, you will desist to your shame. (source: Epictetus. “Manual on the Art of Living”, ΑΙΩΡΑ, translated by P.E. Matheson, with introduction by Tristan K. Husby).
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We call you to find out together, ideas, thoughts, philosophical quotes of great ancient and modern philosophers. To analyze them in order to strengthen ourselves, to be positive, efficient in what we do. To help each other, to work for our communities, for the common good, to care for nature, to support the ones are in need.
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