Epictetus' Rational Response to Coffee Shop Closure


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1.Finding out that my favourite coffee shop is closed for renovations for the next two weeks, I would have been rather discombobulated. I would have expressed my annoyance by saying, “At least the management should have informed this closure about a week ago. Epictetus’ response would have been a rational one. It must be noted that “Epictetus believed that humans were rational beings living in a rational universe. He refers to the fundamental orderliness of all things, or the rational principles underlying the universe, as Zeus, God, or the gods” ("Summary Of The Discourses Of Epictetus"). Hence, Epictetus would have also conveyed his annoyance regarding the issue. He would definitely have asked why the management did not inform the same to the customers prior to the event. He would have been worried about the expectations of the customers who would have been waiting for entering the coffee shop eagerly. Adhering to a rational principle, Epictetus would have definitely questioned the mannerism and way of thinking of the management of the coffee shop. For Epictetus, nature is logical and fundamentally rational, and depending on this rationality of nature, Epictetus would have definitely questioned the logic behind closing the shop without informing the customers on a prior basis. As for Epictetus, the rational principle pervades every reality; he would have definitely questioned the reality of the closure of the shop by challenging the conduct of the authorities that closed the shop without giving any prior notice to the customers. Hence, Epictetus’ response would have been a rational one based on his believes that nature is both logical and rational. 2.Epictetus believed in rationality, logic and patience, and that is the reason why in the event of being insulted by anyone, Epictetus would have suggested a patient reaction to the event.Epictetus would have suggested a rational attitude to the one who has been insulted. By a rational attitude it means that the person who has been insulted should not react immediately to the insult. Rather, he should pull back from the situation to give himself more time to take a wider view on the entire issue. He should have suggested composure to the one who had been insulted by someone else. Epictetus would have suggested the most realistic attitude that could have been taken appropriately to mitigate the problem triggeredby the event of insult. He would have suggested the person being insulted to consider the bigger picture first (giving himself some time to ponder) and then react justifiably later on against the insult in a sane manner. 3.The advantages of such detachment are manifold. Primarily, if a philosopher can maintain such detachment then he would be at the best position to judge things neutrally and rationally without being impacted or influenced by emotions. According to extreme Epictetus we should react to social injustice in a detached manner. As everything like death, grievous injury, etc are all out of our control we should not try to judge them by any means. As social injustice is a thing out of our own control, we should remain detached as long as rationally possible. But according to moderate Epictetus, we should oppose social injustice primarily due to the fact that human beings have the goal of getting connected to others. If this broad arena is considered then it becomes imperative to protest social injustice to save the common mass from destitution. But moderate Epictetus would have also suggested not to react quickly against social injustice; rather, he would have suggested to adjust and adapt to several such situations. Works Cited"Summary Of The Discourses Of Epictetus."Reason and Meaning. N.p., 2015. Web. 8 Dec. 2017.
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