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Single Idea 23351

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / c. A unified people]

Full Idea

You are a citizen of the universe, and a part of it; and no subservient, but a principal part of it.

Gist of Idea

We are citizens of the universe, and principal parts of it


Epictetus (The Discourses [c.56], 2.10.03)

Book Reference

Epictetus: 'The Discourses, The Handbook, Fragments', ed/tr. Gill,C [Everyman 1995], p.95

A Reaction

He got this view from Diogenes of Sinope, one of his heroes. What community you are a part of seems to be a choice as much as a fact. Am I British or a European?