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The Most Important Practice in Stoic Philosophy

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The Most Important Practice in Stoic Philosophy
Ryan Holiday shares a reminder from Greek philosopher Epictetus: Our "chief task in life" is to know what we can change and what we cannot.

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"The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own…"

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How to respond

We can’t control the existence of the new virus but we can control how we respond.

  • Practice social distancing as much as possible.
  • Cancel or postpone any events that you have planned, or make them remote.
  • Practice safety measures, like washing your hands.
  • Help others in more vulnerable situations.
  • Hold off on visiting elderly friends or family members.
  • Don’t hoard.
  • Don’t tie up medical resources you don’t need.
  • Use your time wisely. Try a new hobby, or read up on something that interests you.
  • Batch your online orders to reduce the need for inefficient shipments.
  • Don’t spread misinformation.
  • If you get sick, isolate yourself at home as long as symptoms remain moderate.
  • Cherish the people you love.

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