August 9, 2023, Wednesday Night Zoom - Vatican Sayings 18 and 19

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    Here are our topics for this week:


    1 - The Vatican Sayings:



    VS18. Remove sight, association, and contact, and the passion of love is at an end.


    VS19. Forgetting the good that has been, he has become old this very day.



    2 - Our Special Topic - If We Have Time


    Aside from general guidance to follow pleasure and avoid pain, is there anything in Epicurean philosophy that tells a particular person what particular pleasure to choose or pain to avoid at any particular time. In other words, this is a variation of the old question: "Is one pleasure or activity in itself 'better' than another?" Is it possible to come up with a coherent analysis of how we would recommend a particular person at a particular time to proceed? Is all we can say is "It's contextual and up to you!" Or is there more for which we can find justification in the Epicurean texts?


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