Κατα Φυσιν

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 10.36.54 AMOne of the most revered Stoic philosophers, Epictetus (55-135 CE) never wrote anything down, as did most philosophers. His student Arrian compiled a collection of Epictetus’ live discussions (diatribes) and recorded them in a manual, an enchiridion.

Aphorism eight of the Enchiridion reads:

“Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace.”

The principle of kata physin (κατα φυσιν), which means living in accordance with nature, appears in several Hellensitic doctrines, particularly Stoicism. Epictetus exhorts us to appreciate whatever life brings our way. We must accept our fates with love and give in to the divine cycle of Nature. He says we mustn’t expect things to go our own ways, rather we should always be happy with whatever, whenever.

Stoicism post coming in the future!

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