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Single Idea 23347

[catalogued under 16. Persons / F. Free Will / 6. Determinism / b. Fate]

Full Idea

If I really knew that it was ordained for me to be ill at this moment, I would aspire to be so.

Gist of Idea

If I know I am fated to be ill, I should want to be ill


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 2.06.10)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.87

A Reaction

The rub, of course, is that it is presumably impossible to know what is fated. Book 2.7 is on divination. I don't see any good in a mortally ill person desiring, for that reason alone, to die. Rage against the dying of the light, I say.