Epictetus was a Greek Stoic philosopher who was best known for his foundational works in Stoic philosophy. I wanted to share some of his best lessons and what I think about them in this quick article.

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When a man asked Epictetus what kind of man is rich, Epictetus answered: “He who is content.”

Beware the poisons of fortune

You’ve most definitely heard about this one, but for some reason, you still feel the need to be wealthy, and you still watch tours of big mansions on youtube (well at least I do!). But the truth is that being rich increases the number of problems you have. Epictetus really cuts to the chase when he tells us:

“When you see a viper or an asp or a scorpion in an ivory or golden box, you do not on account of the costliness of the material love it or think it happy, but because the nature of it is pernicious, you turn away from it and loath it; so when you shall see vice dwelling in wealth and in the swollen fullness of fortune, be not struck by the splendor of the material, but despise the false character of the morals.”

Laozi is known as the creator of Taoism as well as the creator of Tao Te Ching which has many insights on how we can live and improve our lives every single day. I’m going to go through three of the most crucial lessons from Laozi and share what I think about each of them and how YOU can start doing this.

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Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth, This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.

Here is a breakdown of the three lessons from Laozi that I’m going to leave you with today:

  1. Understand Yourself
  2. You have to let go of all attachments
  3. Embrace new beginnings

Understand yourself

It is essential to understand yourself. If you understand yourself you can also understand the things you like, dislike, the things that make you happy, the things that make you mad, the things that lead you to make mistakes, etc. As you can see, understanding yourself almost feels like a superpower. If you can crack your shell and get to the essence of yourself that is the true power, as Laozi puts it. …

In this article, I’m going to break down how we can achieve enlightenment through Buddha’s very own: Eightfold Path.

Buddha devoted around 45 years as a philosopher and has taken part in thousands of discourses scattered in scriptures. However, the essence of all of his teachings can be found in this noble eightfold path.

This path is quite simple. …


Amsal Gilani

Grade 11 high school student — AI & VR developer + Regen Med researcher! Feel free to visit www.amsalgilani.com to learn more about me!

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