April 16, 2012
"In response, I’ll quote a thought of Epictetus, again, as he has recently been firing my mind.
When any person does ill by you, or speaks ill of you, remember that he acts or speaks from a supposition that it is his duty. Now, it is not possible that he should follow what appears to be right to you, but only what appears so to himself. Therefore, if he judges from a wrong appearance, he is the person hurt, since he, too, is the person deceived. For if any one supposes a true proposition to be false, the proposition is not hurt, but he who is deceived about it. Setting out, then, from these principles, you will mildly bear with one who reviles you, for you will say upon every occasion: "It seemed so to him.” (bold by ed.)
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