Why Is Anything Important?…Continued…


The Greek word Apatheia, describes perfectly the “base level” of no importance applied to a situation, seen in a positive light, this place allows you to consciously choose the level of Importance or emotional power you then grant that situation. Further to my original article, enjoy Wikipedia’s exploration of the word. It seems I share a Greek philosophy.

Now, imagine a country so in love with a beautiful lifestyle, a relaxed, minimal stress approach to life, that, the capitalist model suffers! How could a nation put lifestyle choices ahead of the single minded furious apetite for making money? Yes, I share another Greek philosophy, a very modern one, The point of life is to enjoy, to live each day a pleasure. Is it a pleasure to base one’s daily life around the pursuit of money? or a pleasure to base one’s daily life around the pursuit of enjoyment? Ironically the capitalist model dangles the carrot of a beautiful lifestyle you can buy with the money you have mercilessly pursued. What if you just lived the most beautiful lifestyle available to you and didn’t over work or over stress yourself any more than you had to? Is modern day Greece wrong? Or is the worlds financial system wrong?

Enough of my rant!, Apatheia…


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Apatheia (Greek: ἀπάθεια) in Stoic philosophy refers to a state of mind where one is free from emotional disturbance. This might be translated as equanimity or indifference. This is the root of the word apathy. Apatheia must, however, not be confused with apathy.[citation needed] Apatheia is a positive term; apathy, a purely negative one.

Whereas Aristotle had claimed that virtue was to be found in the golden mean between excess and deficiency of emotion (metriopatheia), the Stoics sought freedom from all passions (apatheia). It meant eradicating the emotional response to external events – the things we cannot control. For the Stoics, it was the optimum rational response to the world, for we cannot control things that are caused by the will of others or by Nature, we can only control our own will. This did not mean a loss of all feeling, or total disengagement from the world. The Stoic who performs correct (virtuous) judgments and actions as part of the world-order experiences contentment (eudaimonia) and good feelings (eupatheia).

Pain is slight if opinion has added nothing to it; … in thinking it slight, you will make it slight. Everything depends on opinion; ambition, luxury, greed, hark back to opinion. It is according to opinion that we suffer. … So let us also win the way to victory in all our struggles, – for the reward is … virtue, steadfastness of soul, and a peace that is won for all time.
—Seneca, Wikisource-logo.svg Epistles, lxxviii. 13-16

The Pyrrhonian skeptics also sought the eradication of feelings when disturbance depends on belief, but allowed for only a moderation of feeling when based on sensations such as pain. The term was later adopted by Plotinus in his development of Neoplatonism, for whom apatheia was the soul’s freedom from emotion achieved when it reaches its purified state.

The term passed into early Christian teaching, whereby apatheia meant freedom from unruly urges or compulsions. It is still used in this sense in Orthodox monasticism