How to draw the correct consequences from the fact that God is the father of mankind?

Epictetus – Discourses Book 1
I.3. How to draw the correct consequences from the fact that God is the father of mankind?

  1. The body we share with beasts.
  2. Reason and good judgment, God has shared with us.
  3. As we are so privileged, it is wrong to think mean or lowly of ourselves.
  4. In the light of this thought, we must use our impressions to achieve respect, fidelity and confidence.
  5. And we must not allow our impressions to transform into ignoble thoughts about ourselves.
  6. Also, we must not be disheartened by the feebleness of our mortal body, as we share a faculty with God.
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