Slaves of Things


I adjure you by the gods, cease to admire material things, cease to make yourselves slaves, first of things, and next, for their sake, of men who can acquire them or take them away.

EPICTETUS, Discourses, Book III, Ch. 20

When we moved recently, having to pick up everything we own and transport it from Point A to Point B confirmed something I’d long suspected, which is that we’ve accumulated way too much junk and clutter in our lives.

And if I were to walk away from here with nothing but the clothes I’m wearing, how much of it would I really miss?

Answer: Not much.

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