on February 5, 2016
You'll understand why this booklet was issued to Roman soldiers. Full of great perspective shifts and tools to build a strong, uncrackable mental mindset. If you want to find a way to build mental toughness and gain poise in stressful situations, Epictetus will show you how. Buy a few for friends and get ready for far more interesting evening talks at the local pub.
I found after reading some of Seneca`s letters, that this was a bit of a let down. There did not seem to be many additional insights into Stoic philosophy. The editors could have also done a much better job of presenting the material. There is no table of contents or index. Each segment is simply labeled with Roman numerals. In my opinion, a manual should be presented in a reference format, that is easy to look up information.
All presentation problems aside, there were some interesting Stoic recommendations. The most common theme is trying to live in the present moment, and understanding control issues. The reader is advised to only concern themselves about things, that are within the individuals power to control. Most people spend time and energy tormenting themselves, over issues they do not control. Epictetus also advises people to be happy with their present circumstances, regardless of their station in life.
To anyone interested in Stoic philosophy, I am sure they will enjoy the material listed. I just would have preferred, a much better translation.