Enchiridion or “Manual” is Epictetus manual to life. It is a book encompassing every aspect of life. It is extremely stoic and focuses on becoming content with life just how it is. It reminds us that the only thing we can control is ourselves. The answer always comes from within.
I must be honest with you right off the bat. This book didn’t drive me crazy. It was a decent book especially if you like stoicism. I found the majority of it to be common sense and redundant. There are some extremely quotable gems in it and it’s not a total waste of time. I would just never read it again.
There are some quotable gems in it and it’s not a total waste of time. I would just never read it again.
Really if you want to get the best of it, I’d suggest looking at the pictures on twitter.
My favorite about this book is freedom. Epictetus was obsessed with how important freedom is to life. It makes complete sense considering he was a slave! After his release, he appreciated what most people had taken for granted their whole lives. He keeps his expectations low and loves everything just the way it is. Which is definitely a cheat code to be happy. Also, the easiest way to be complacent (Gross) as well.
It is a quick read and the book is very cheap thanks to Dover thrift. So if you are really into philosophy and stoicism then I’d say ignore me. In the end, I would highly recommend Meditations by Marcus Aurelius over it.
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