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THE STOICS : EPICTETUS

none can hinder ? The man who fixes his aim on nothing that is not his own. And what does 'not his own' mean ? All that it does not lie in our power to have or not to have, or to have of a particular quality or under particular conditions. The body then does not belong to us, its parts do not belong to us, our property does not belong to us. If then you set your heart on one of these as though it were your own, you will pay the penalty deserved by him who desires what does not belong to him. The road that leads to freedom, the only release from slavery, is this, to be able to say with your whole soul :

Lead me, O Zeus, and lead me, Destiny :
Whither ordained is by your decree.

To secure freedom we must keep watch on our' impressions ' (OavraQiac). These are the impressions of our senses, the ideas
of our minds, the belief that something is pleasant or, painful, or desirable, &c. Success in life depends on controlling these impressions, so that unreal goods do not attract us, nor unreal
evils depress us.
` If you ask what is the true good for man, I can only say that it lies in a certain disposition of the will.'
But, it may be asked, if only the soul matters, why need men trouble about material things ? Why not ignore politics,
industry, social life, and, shutting oneself up in the inner life, allow the perishable world to go its way ? To this Epictetus
M gives a convincing answer, which shows why the Stoics, in spite of renouncing the world, played a great part in it.

MATERIAL things are indifferent, but how we handle them is not indifferent.
How then is one to maintain the constant and tranquil mind, and therewith the careful spirit which is not random or hasty ?
You can do it if you imitate those who play dice. Counters and dice are indifferent : how do I know what is going to

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