Would Epicurus Approve of Money-Lending As An Occupation?

  • This question is prompted by this passage from Cicero's "On Duties." Would Epicurus agree with Cato?

    One day Cato was asked, what is the most profitable aspect of property ownership?

    Cato answered, "Raising livestock with great success."

    He was then asked about the second most profitable aspect of ownership.

    "Raising livestock with some success," he answered.

    And what about the third most profitable aspect?

    "Raising livestock with little success."

    And the fourth? "Raising crops."

    Then his questioner asked, "What about money-lending?"

    Cato replied, "What about murder?"