Epictetus’ “The Art of Living” 2: Recognize Appearances for What They Really Are

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This is my second video on the Stoic philosopher named Epictetus’s book called “The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness.” This maxim is “Recognize Appearances for What They Really Are.” It’s all about remembering that things that are unpleasant to us are not what they appear to be, and that we should train ourselves to only care about these things that appear to be unpleasant if they are within our control. We should try very hard to avoid being annoyed by things that seem unpleasant to us if they are outside of our control. This relates to the first maxim that I made a video about, which is “Know What You Can Control and What You Can’t.”

Check out my video on Epictetus’ first maxim in “The Art of Living,” which is “Know What You Can Control and What You Can’t.” I explain how this principle has helped me with issues that everyone has to deal with, and how the famous Serenity Prayer copied it:

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