Posts by SamJ

    I've done a bit of searching on William Bligh today. I haven't been able to establish any links to Epicurus or that of any earlier naval people e.g. Captain Cook, Sir Joseph Banks, Macquarie.

    I was thinking if you'd have gone to the trouble of having a bespoke ring made of Epicurus (back then) you'd have documented his thinking in some of the writings or other aspects of his life.

    A couple of months ago i went to the Maritime Museum in Australia and one of their displays was on William Bligh (1754-1817) he was an English naval Captain and a colonial governor of New South Wales, Australia. He was well known for his involvement in the mutiny on H.M.S Bounty.

    As I strolled through, I came across the following ring and as I took a closer look realised what it was. Thought it might be of interest..



    Yes, that's right. I believe it comes from Lucretius, The Nature of things, Book III, 830-869.

    I used the website, Etsy, which is a collobartive platform that brings independent creators together so you can literally find anything. And you can message the sellers to get things designed how you like.

    The creator/ shop I used was called SuedeSentiment.

    I saw she had customisable scrolls. So I messaged her about what I was hoping to do , as I wanted that quote. And after some conversations she gave me a custom (Reserved listing) and this was all done within a couple of days. ( from start of convo, to around my neck).

    The pendent itself isn't expensive, but it's unique, hand crafted, and ideal for myself. Approx $40AUD in total.

    Coming into Aussie summer it'll be in the Bondi Sea and Sand and such.

    I liked SuedeSentiment as (first time I have purchased from her) but she was helpful, local to Australia and the pendent measure approx 1.375 Inch so not too long.

    If your browse Etsy I'm sure you'll find a creator that can do a design you'd like.

    I like the fact it's a one of a kind, inexpensive momento that carries a cool Epicurean message.

    If you wanted the same, I'm sure she could craft one again.

    I read a post on New Epicurean about Epicurean rings and what you'd get inscribed on Epicurean momentos. As well as this thread, so I've recently got this pendent made. I wanted this in Latin:

    Nil igitur mors est ad nos neque pertinet hilum

    I had it made in the shape of a scroll and like the fact that it's a cool Epicurean reminder for me.


    I noticed this morning 3rd May it got released on Audible Australia. The blurb slightly more detailed on Audible.

    So I've downloaded the audio book this morning. Will let you know thoughts.



    Many thanks.

    I've ordered the DeWitt book unfortunately i won't be able to get my hands on it till June.

    In the mean time I will be reading Epicurus and the Pleasant life and your Elemental Epicureanism.

    Many thanks



    Many thanks for the Welcome.

    I'm not sure I would have been able to articulate exactly what I was looking for at the time, but I began reading everything I could on philosophy and religion and this led me on a journey thru the major religions, and the Hellenistic Philosophies and I have until recently been interested and doing my best to practice Stoicism.

    Whilst this has been helpful I returned to Sarah Bakewell's book on Montaigne and this threw up a lovely image where she illustrated that Stoics are like Boxers (Training themselves to take punches) while Epicureans are more like Oriental Martial Arts practioners. (Training themselves to step aside from punches). This resonated with me insomuch I'd be happier if I turned my vision from concentrating on "terrible" things to concentrating on the more positive.

    I was also struck by:

    “Nothing satisfies the man who is not satisfied with a little,” and “Don't spoil what you have by desiring what you don't have; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.”

    This reminds me to "be here now" something I liked about Stoicism and Buddhism.

    I've also found the Epicurean system which allows us to judge whether the things we let into our lives deserve to be there, (eg is it natural and is it necessary) rewarding as ways to living well.

    So with all the rambling set aside, that explains a little of why I'm here. I've also been impressed by the content and forum discussions here and so I'd like to continue to develop and deepen my understanding of the Canon, Physics and Ethics (acknowledging I've only scratched the surface) and in time put into practice Epicureanism.