Epictetus Made Me Think Of Ryeberg

By Ryeberg | Mar 15, 2011

Epictetus In The Pre-Internet Age

“Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people’s weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mob who indulges in such pastimes. Your life is too short and you have important things to do. Be discriminating about what images and ideas you permit into your mind. If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the highest. It is the easiest thing in the world to slide imperceptibly into vulgarity. But there’s no need for that to happen if you determine not to waste your time and attention on mindless pap.”

This quote from Greek stoic philosopher, Epictetus (AD 55 – AD 135), was sent to us by a Sarah, a Ryeberg subscriber in San Francisco: “The Internet draws me into vulgarity all the time, filling my head with mindless pap. I never feel I’ve wasted my time on Ryeberg. Thanks for entertainment that is not inferior and foolish, and hope you’ll keep up the good work.”

Wow, that’s super sweet of you Sarah, so sweet we’re posting your message right here right now… x