Enchiridion

Quick access to all of my Stoic breakdowns of The Handbook of Epictetus.
May
31
Keep Death In Mind

Keep Death In Mind

Chapter 21/53: In this article, Epictetus shares with us a very simple strategy to grow in courage, prevent misfortune, increase gratitude, and gain wisdom.
3 min read
May
17
Only Our Beliefs Can Harm Us

Only Our Beliefs Can Harm Us

Chapter 20/53: Epictetus shows us how to deal with insults and triggering social situations by first revealing how we are partly to blame for our suffering.
4 min read
May
03
The Origins of The Stoic Handbook (with Sketches)

The Origins of The Stoic Handbook (with Sketches)

Take a look at my original sketches that were the basis for what became The Stoic Handbook.
6 min read
Apr
24
Never Experience Defeat Again

Never Experience Defeat Again

Chapter 19 / 53: According to Epictetus, entering into contests that you can lose is a foolish thing to do. This post explains exactly what that means.
3 min read
Apr
15
All Bad Luck is Good Luck

All Bad Luck is Good Luck

Chapter 18 / 53: In Chapter 18 of the Enchiridion, Epictetus explains how we ought to think about "bad luck" signs, and whether anything can be truly unlucky.
1 min read
Mar
29
Life is a Movie, Just Play Your Role

Life is a Movie, Just Play Your Role

Chapter 17 / 53: So much in life depends on the luck we are dealt. We do not choose our genetics, our body, our brain, or our parents. How can we maintain peace of mind when so much of our life is outside of our control?
2 min read
Mar
15
How Stoics Sympathise with Others

How Stoics Sympathise with Others

Chapter 16 / 53: Stoics often get this unfair reputation for being cold and lacking in compassion. This is less to do with Stoic philosophy, however, and more to do with the misinterpretation of Stoic principles.
2 min read
Feb
15
How to Gain the Powers of a Stoic God

How to Gain the Powers of a Stoic God

Chapter 15 / 53: The three levels of restraint include enslavement, wisdom, and divinity. This post explores the analogy Epictetus gives his student to go through the entire process.
2 min read
Jan
12
Impossible Desires Cause Disappointment

Impossible Desires Cause Disappointment

Chapter 14 / 53: There are two main types of negative desires: "impossible desires" and "slave desires." This post explores how to avoid each one.
3 min read
Nov
19
Do Not Wish to Appear Wise

Do Not Wish to Appear Wise

Chapter 13 / 53: Many of us are interested in philosophy and self-improvement not to become wise, but for the reputation of being wise. Epictetus saw that this pattern of behaviour is very counter-productive if one wishes to acquire true wisdom.
2 min read