The Art of Living and the Art of Dying are the Same

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.”

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9 thoughts on “The Art of Living and the Art of Dying are the Same”

  1. Hello Vinita! – The blog you cite is a good one. In addition, Epicurus.net and Epicurus.info have more of the core text material about Epicurus that is important to know. Many people have superficial ideas about Epicurus that are not correct, and there is no replacement for reading the core texts, particularly Book X of Diogenes Laertius, which is Epicurus’ biography from the ancient world. http://www.epicurus.net/en/lives.html If you enjoy reading in fictional story form, Frances Wright’s “A Few Days In Athens,” which Thomas Jefferson praised highly, does a good job of explaining the differences between Epicurus other Greek philosophies. Here is my “map” of the characters in the book http://newepicurean.com/?p=6570 and here is the book itself http://archive.org/stream/fewdaysinathensb00wrigiala#page/n5/mode/2up

    My own blog is http://www.NewEpicurean.com, my blog’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/NewEpicurean/227256659004 and our active discussion group of worldwide fans of Epicurus on Facebook is located here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gardenofepicurus/

    Hope to see you around! The Epicurean closing from the ancient world I like to use is: “Peace and Safety!” 🙂

    1. Thank you.
      Your comment is a dream come true in that this is precisely what i do want this blog to be.
      Readers bringing in their own knowledge and expertise and enriching us all.
      Thank you for taking the trouble

  2. You are very welcome! It is fun to do things like this, it is educational, and I share in the goal of the ancient writer Lucian, whose short work on “Alexander the Oracle Monger” (link below) which is fascinating. Here is the end of it, the part that applies to why it is satisfying to respond to your comment about Epicurus! 😉

    “My object, dear friend, in making this small selection from a great mass of material has been twofold. First, I was willing to oblige a friend and comrade who is for me the pattern of wisdom, sincerity, good humor, justice, tranquillity, and geniality. But secondly I was still more concerned (a preference which you may be far from resenting) **to strike a blow for Epicurus, that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him.** Yet I think causal readers too may find my essay not unserviceable, since it is not only destructive, but for men of sense, constructive also.”

    http://epicurus.info/etexts/Alexander.html

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