The Stoic Jew

Some Thoughts on Will Smith's Angry Reaction (Epictetus - Enchiridion 20; Seneca - On Anger 2:1)

March 30, 2022 Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss Season 7 Episode 18
The Stoic Jew
Some Thoughts on Will Smith's Angry Reaction (Epictetus - Enchiridion 20; Seneca - On Anger 2:1)
Show Notes

Synopsis: Although I am loath to engage in celebrity gossip, I felt I HAD to make an episode about the incident that has dominated the U.S. news cycle these past couple of days: Will Smith publicly slapping Chris Rock in the face on stage at the 94th Academy Awards. I had to actively suppress my irrationally ambitious urge to produce a comprehensive treatment of Judaism’s and Stoicism’s stance on anger. Instead, I contented myself with sharing the three thoughts I had when I saw the video of the assault: one from Epictetus, one from Rambam, and one from Seneca and Rabbeinu Yonah on Mishlei.

Sources:
- Epictetus, Enchiridion (The Handbook) 20
- Rambam: Mishneh Torah, Sefer ha’Mada, Hilchos Deios 2:3
- Seneca, On Anger
- Rabbeinu Yonah, Mishlei 1:22
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