Somebody to You, from Epictetus

The Handbook #24.

Don’t worry about living as a nobody.
“Nobody” is an external.

So you’re nobody to someone else.
Is that your problem?

How can you be a nobody
when you’re a somebody
to the only one you have
power over? Notice—you
are consequential to you.

Honor to yourself—
integrity, self respect.

Which would you rather have—
money or a good friend?
Character. It matters.

Look at your country.
Would it be less without you?

Would the tall buildings disappear?
What would be gone?
One good citizen?

Be that! Honorable. Faithful.
If you lose these as you try
to be a better citizen,
what do you gain?
What does your country gain?


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