The Freezing or the Melting Point

Emotions cool and reach degrees
where flowing water freezes still,

then feelings numb when senses turn
indifferent as notions chill.

Some reckon this the Stoic's goal,
neglectful apathy,

but Epictetus counseled all
not to live carelessly.

The Freezing or the Melting Point © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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About Epictetus:

See also Epictetus' Discourses:
(e.g. "act according to order, to reason, and not
carelessly." - source: Project Gutenberg)

About Stoicism:
Submitted: April 25, 2021