This blog is for my favourite philosopher-Epicurus ((c.341 — 271 B.C) .Unfortunately those who know of him regard
him as representative of self indulgent hedonism. But on http://hanrott.com/blog/who-was-epicurus/
I learn that Epicureanism stands for moderation, enjoyment of life, tranquility, friendship and lack of fear.
The ancient poet Horace was an Epicurean . His Carpe Diem expresses it best:
Be wise, strain the wine; and since life is brief, prune back far-reaching hopes! Even while we speak, envious time has passed: pluck the day, putting as little trust as possible in tomorrow!
I learn that the Venezulean President has created a ministry of Supreme Social Happiness. An Epicurean project?
Epicurus believed the virtue of philosophy was in throwing out suffering from the human soul.. it was a simple pleasure-pain principle.
Seek the things that give pleasure and tranquility *no wonder the orthodox christians hated him!)
Rounding off with another quote :Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”