November 16th, 2020

21 mins 22 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode


Epicureanism is powerfully and refreshingly relevant, offering a straightforward way of dealing with the issues of life and death. The chapters in this book provide a changeable of contemporary opinions about Epicurus' teachings.

Key to happiness:

  1. Don't fear god
  2. Don't fear death
  3. What is good is easy to get
  4. What is bad is easy to endure

This doesn't mean Epicururs pleaded for overindulgence

He made a hierarchy of desires
Natural and necessary desires
Natural and non-necessary desires
Vain desires

Natural and necessary desires
Natural desires have a natural limit (food)

2 types of pleasure:
Moving pleasure: the act of eating
Static pleasure: the contentment being satisfied after a nice meal

Static pleasure: the absence of needs or wants -> the best pleasure

Epicurus was celibate and lived with followers. He was also more focused on friendship as opposed to romance.

Natural and non-necessary desires
Ex. Luxurious food

Normal food will bring static pleasure in the same way luxurious food does

Vain desires
Power, fame, extreeme material wealth

These are unnatural and based on opinion, what society makes us think we need

There is no afterlife
It is pointless to not enjoy this life to be able to enjoy the next
Death is not bad for neither the living, nor the dead, and we shouldn’t fear it

Remind ourselves of the shortness of life, do not postpone happiness