Epictetus The human being as citizen of the world(circa 108)
The idea that we all are active members of Spaceship Earth can be made to derive from very ancient religious and philosophic teaching, as shown in these short passages from Epictetus.
This is worth reminding especially when there is a resurgence of nationalism and chauvinism that is always very damaging for everybody (morally, socially, economically).
If the things which are said by the philosophers about the kinship between God and man are true, what else remains for men to do than what Socrates did, namely, never reply to the question: “to what country you belong” to say that you are an Athenian or a Corinthian, but that you are a citizen of the world. For why do you say that you are an Athenian, and why do you not say that you belong to the small nook only into which your poor body was cast at birth? Is it not plain that you call yourself an Athenian or Corinthian from the place which has a greater authority and comprises not only that small nook itself and all your family, but even the whole country from which the stock of your progenitors is derived down to you?
He then who has observed with intelligence the administration of the world, and has learned that the greatest and supreme and the most comprehensive community is that which is composed of men and God, and that from God have descended the seeds not only to my father and grandfather, but to all beings which are generated on the earth and are produced, and particularly to rational beings – for these only are by their nature formed to have communion with God, being by means of reason conjoined with Him – why should not such a man call himself a citizen of the world, why not a son of God, and why should he be afraid of anything which happens among men?
Discourses, Book I, 1-6
Comment: This long and thoughtful post deserves serious study and will take me a week or two to get through all of the links. I look forward to exploring this roadmap, a framework of Understanding further.
Lessons from ‘Conversations With God’ Book 1, Neale Donald Walsch (Part 3 of 3)
Portrait of Neale Donald Walsch (copyrights © Dr. Gil Dekel)
by Gil Dekel, PhD.
Part 3 of 3. Back to part 2. Back to part 1.
A summary of main insights from CwG Book 1, with page numbers:
At all breaking points in life there is one question to ask: what would love do now?
Love is not to retain the best of the other – but the best of your self.
*edit, May 30, 2017 – I just received an alarming email from Box about the apparent censorship of my Box content by them. It lacked info and took them eight days to respond to my complaint, which is incredible considering the fact that the issue at hand is censorship. The Box person who responded to me informed me that the link had been restored. I will do up a separate blog post about it and say no more about it here. What a distraction!
*edit, May 22, 2017 – In the above passage, I referred to Benefactors and Benefactors was a link to a short (3 verses) Bible passage in the cloud. I use a service called Box. And I have a paid account. In reviewing this page on my blog, I just happened to click on the link. Imagine my surprise and outrage when I was met with the following:
I immediately stopped what I was doing and complained. The only other time I had cause to complain was when Box announced that it was partnering with Google
. I expressed my disappointment with Box’s decision to partner with tax evader Google
, online in a Box forum and had my comment labelled a “rant” and deleted. Which is ironic, since the company they are now partnering with, along with some others, is joining forces with the (police) state to censor what it calls fake news. Is the Good News fake news? Even many good people think so, so I don’t know how much sympathy I will garner here. Here’s my query to them, in a Box forum online and in an email:
On my blog, A Yappy Trade Barrier, I have a “Who Is Arrby?” page. I am Arrby. And I link to a passage in the Christian Bible. It can be found at Luke chapter 22. This is it:
“However, there also arose a heated dispute among them over which one of them was considered to be the greatest. But he said to them: “The kings of the nations lord it over them and those having authority over them are called Benefactors. You, though, are not to be that way. But let the one who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the one taking the lead, the one ministering. For which one is greater, the one dining or the one serving? Is it not the one dining? But I am among you as the one serving.”” -Luke 22:24-27