Epicureanism simply put

Epicureanism was never meant to be a dry academic philosophy.  In fact, it is best kept away from academia, where, as usual with philosophy, long words render it dull, if not incomprehensible. Rather, it is a vital way of living which seeks to free men and women from a life of unhappiness, fear and anxiety.  It is a missionary philosophy for the practical-minded with common sense.  While Epicureans have written scholarly works, they have always been most interested in explaining Epicureanism in a manner simple enough for anyone to understand and remember.

The following eight counsels are a basic guide to Epicurean living.

1) Don’t fear God.

2) Don’t worry about death.

3) Don’t fear pain.

4) Live simply.

5) Pursue pleasure wisely.

6) Make friends and be a good friend.

7) Be honest in your business and private life.

8) Avoid fame and political ambition.

I would add: think of others; be polite and considerate, try to see the other point of view; meet others half way, if possible.  Take the smooth and pleasant road, as free from stress and conflict as possible. But don’t be put upon!

( From time to time I re- post the above – it gives the reader the basic idea without being too long.  There is too much to read during this crisis!)

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