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Socrates - Epictitus The Enchiridion - Humility

Identifier

013684

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

You cannot learn if you do all the talking and boasting - ego gets in the way of learning

A description of the experience

Epictitus  - The Enchiridion

           46. Never call yourself a philosopher, nor talk a great deal

           among the unlearned about theorems, but act conformably to

           them. Thus, at an entertainment, don't talk how persons ought

           to eat, but eat as you ought. For remember that in this manner

           Socrates also universally avoided all ostentation. And when

           persons came to him and desired to be recommended by him to

           philosophers, he took and- recommended them, so well did he

           bear being overlooked. So that if ever any talk should happen

           among the unlearned concerning philosophic theorems, be you,

           for the most part, silent. For there is great danger in

           immediately throwing out what you have not digested. And, if

           anyone tells you that you know nothing, and you are not

           nettled at it, then you may be sure that you have begun your

           business. For sheep don't throw up the grass to show the

           shepherds how much they have eaten; but, inwardly digesting

           their food, they outwardly produce wool and milk. Thus,

           therefore, do you likewise not show theorems to the unlearned,

           but the actions produced by them after they have been

           digested.

The source of the experience

Socrates

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Humility

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Squash the big I am

Commonsteps

Humility

References