On the mind (ii)

Epictetus warns us that it is more rational to fear that which lies in our own power–our choices–than what lies outside of our power–chance. People are prone to do the opposite, to over-estimate their ability to make wise decisions and instead fear the unknown. But why fear that which is going to happen anyway? Rather, the Stoic sage says, it is better to have a healthy fear of making a bad decision because that is something you can actually have control over–which is something that should truly frighten us all because we cannot even begin to understand the depths of our own ignorance and ineptitude.

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