8th April: When it comes to money where we feel a clear interest we have an entire art where the tester uses many means to discover the worth... just as we give great attention to judging things that might steer us badly. But when it comes to our own ruling principle we yawn and doze off accepting any appearance that flashes by without counting the cost. The point of this metaphor is to highlight how much effort we put into making sure the money is real where as we accept potentially life changing thoughts or assumptions without so much of a question. One ironic assumption along these lines: that having a lot of money makes you wealthy. Or that because a lot of people believe something it must be true. Really, we should be testing these notions as vigilantly as possible. For as, Epictetus, reminds us, the first and the greatest task of the philosopher is to test and separate appearances and to act on nothing that is untested.