I may be a good deal better off if I decline to do so.
It is, in other words, not objects and events but the interpretations we place on them that are the problem.
Our duty is therefore to exercise stringent control over the faculty of perception, with the aim of protecting our mind from error. The second discipline, that of
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
"When I see someone in a state of anxiety, I say, ‘What is it that he wants?’ For unless he wanted something that was not within his power, how could he still be anxious?"
"If the things, then, that lie outside the sphere of choice are neither good nor bad, and those that lie within the sphere of choice are subject to our control, and no one can either take those away from us or impose them on us unless we wish it, what room is left for anxiety?" - Epictetus.