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Tetrapharmakos (On Epicureanism)

October 11, 2009

Found something good –

Don’t fear god,
Don’t worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure
(Philodemus, Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9-14).

Fantastic.

Read the entire (Wikipedia) article:

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrapharmakos&gt;

and the one about Epicureanism

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicurean&gt;

What’s interesting is what the Epicureans pursue – “to live free from fear”, and fear has many definitions – not phobias; and “tranquility”.

“Ataraxia”, cutting from the Wiki article – For the Epicureans, ataraxia was synonymous with the only true happiness possible for a person. It signifies the state of robust tranquility that derives from eschewing faith in an afterlife, not fearing the gods because they are distant and unconcerned with us, avoiding politics and vexatious people, surrounding oneself with trustworthy and affectionate friends and, most importantly, being an affectionate, virtuous person, worthy of trust.

So lesson learnt: stay away from annoying people and politics.

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