Wisdom du jour III

Epictetus is back.

“It shows a lack of refinement to spend a lot of time exercising, eating, drinking, defecating or copulating. Tending to the body’s needs should be done incidentally, as it were; the mind and its functions require the bulk of our attention.”

(Enchiridion, ch. 41)

Poor Epictetus! He couldn’t have imagined how controversial his words would sound, two thousand years later, to those of us living in an Epicurean, hyper-sexualized society that is obsessed, in equal parts, with exercise and elimination.

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