Remember, that this holds universally – we inconvenience and torment ourselves. That is, our own preconceived notions do it for us.
What is it to be reviled, for instance? Stand by a stone and revile it, and what will you get by it?
If you, therefore, would listen only as a stone, what would your reviler gain?
But if the reviler has the weakness of the reviled for a vantage-ground, then he carries his point.
@onan This reminds me of this scene in Grosse Pointe Blank in which Blank confronts Bob (no relation), who has a one-way conflict with him: "Do you really believe that there is some stored up conflict that exists between us?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihqjk8kN0cI
Not to reduce Epictetus to a scene in a Cusack film or anything.
Okay, to reduce Epictetus to a scene in a Cusack film; it is Friday and I am feeling a little haughty.
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