From his works, Discourses and Incineration, we learn that Pictures lived a Stoic” way of life?one In which everything happens for a reason, and for our own ultimate good. Pictures viewed life as a play, In which we are the actors, and a powerful God Is the director. According to the text, Pictures believed that one should strive to live by certain “commandments” for life, and that one should accept his own life and live It the best that he can. Evidence supporting each of these “commandments” for life can be found within the works of Pictures.
In Discourses, the message that is presented encourages man to be thankful to God “for sight, and earning, and indeed for life itself,” and it provides many examples of how the Will controls all things. Pictures prompts questions for the reader, and supports his theory by explaining that all things are out of our control, and that God is ultimately in charge. In Incineration, we are encouraged to honor the blessings that the Lord has given to us. It is said that everything that we have belongs to Him, and that we should take care of it, but not as our own.
Another important concept that Pictures encouraged Is that we should avoid luxuries In life, and live only by necessity. He valued and supported this Idea because It was how he himself lived. As mentioned before, Pictures lived according to Stoic principles, with only “earth, sky, and a cloak. ” There is a famous saying that states that, “the things you own, will begin to own you,” which supports Pictures’ theory about material things being unnecessary in life.
Because he believed that one should only have the necessities, Pictures lived in poverty and faithfully followed this “commandment” that he taught. Pictures also believed that man should not attempt to control things that he is powerless to, for that would go against the Will of God. Throughout Incineration, he gives many examples of situations that man cannot be in control of, such as wanting your family and friends to live forever, or taking heed to what others say about you.
He explains that because these things are out of our control, that we should not dwell on these matters. Another “commandment” from Pictures Is to avoid boasting about oneself. There are many examples throughout the texts that discuss not being too proud, but specifically In Incineration, he clearly states to “avoid frequent and disproportionate mention of your own doings or adventures: for other people do not aka ten same pleasure In nearing want NAS napped to you as you recounting your adventures. Pictures also encourages man to “Be silent for the most part, or if you speak, say only what is necessary and in a few words. ” I think that this theory from Pictures relates to his simple lifestyle, and further supports his ideas about man doing all things in moderation according to the Stoic way of life. Lastly, Pictures presents an underlying message about not holding grudges against those who have wronged us. He says, “If your brother wrongs you, do not take it by that handle… UT rather by the other handle?that he is a brother, brought up with you. This “commandment” has clearly withstood the test of time, because of the simple idea that one should always “forgive and forget,” or as the Bible says, “turn the other cheek. ” This concept can be related to Pictures’ belief that some things in life are out of our control because we cannot determine how or why people will do wrong to us. We can only accept the things that we cannot change, and live our lives the best that we can. After reading each of these works, it can be concluded that Pictures believed that everyone should strive to live their lives as he did.
He made a reference to Socrates, and how it was by this lifestyle that he attained perfection?so therefore, Pictures lived his life “paying heed to nothing but reason,” and that others should as well. Throughout Discourses and Incineration, we are continuously reminded that all things happen for a reason, and whether it be good or bad, it is for our own well-being. While the teachings of Pictures may seem impossible to live by or accomplish, they most certainly can be a guide to us as we face our own challenges throughout this life.