DISABILITY IS NATURAL!

New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense

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Epictetus (55-135 A.D.), a Stoic philosopher from Roman times, is one of my favorite teachers. A former slave, Epictetus rose to prominence by recommending simple ways to a better life. His wisdom is presented in The Art of Living: The Classic Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, interpreted by Sharon Lebell. And every page of this little book is big on strategies that can be used by everyone.

Epictetus said, “Popular perceptions, values, and ways of doing things are rarely the wisest. Many pervasive beliefs would not pass appropriate tests of rationality. Conventional thinking—its means and ends—is essentially uncreative and uninteresting. Its job is to preserve the status quo for overly self-defended individuals and institutions. On the other hand, there is no inherent virtue in new ideas. Judge ideas and opportunities on the basis of whether they are life-giving. Give your assent to that which promotes humaneness, justice, beneficial growth, kindness, possibility, and benefit to the human community.” What if we applied the wisdom of Epictetus to disability issues?
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David Veal

Philosophy for Change