Asked how a man should best grieve his enemy, Epictetus replied, “By setting himself to live the noblest life himself.”
To set one’s mind to vengeance is to bid adieu to that which expands the heart. Noble living grows the heart; there is no substitute.
3 thoughts on “The Noblest Life”
The heart is a sensitive instrument. It must be cared for and maintained to have any semblance of accuracy in the way it does its job.
It is a beautiful thing to grow the heart, and when the heart is grown there is no need for vengeance. The need for vengeance is only a symptom that the power of love in you is diminished.
What a precious post. Expanding the heart leaves not only vengeance in the past but justice also. Truth is the only thing that can truly see where the balance of the scale is. The wonders that are possible on this Earth are beyond anything that the heart ensnared with quid pro quo could create.
How true that is!