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The Teachings Of Epicurus
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Sadly, only a tiny portion of the works of Epicurus survive. His blue-print for 'the good life' is wonderful and has nothing to do with the gluttonous lifestyle that bears his name. 'Epicureanism' as is commonly understood, came from a deliberate misinterpretaion of his work by the early Christian church. He taught that humans didn't need a belief in any gods to achieve happiness. He also taught that calmness of mind was an ideal to be strived for. This he called pleasure. To be free of a troubled mind. Not to believe in a god and to strive for a life of pleasure upset the early christians when they eventually appeared on the scene much later. Thus poor old Epicurus was demonised. He is one of my favourite ancient philosophers.
August 21st, 2014
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