profkesarsarwara Level 01
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    I find myself quite agreeable with that summary, and could not have said it more astutely myself, though I admit, I'm pleasantly surprised at how well the both yourself, and the community here seems to understand his path of thought. And thank you, for the papers, I thought they had been lost.

    This idea you presented is seen in so many matters though, the dissonance between interpretation as opposed to reality, I think we can all take his example, in the matter of finding that which enriches one's life from Epicureanism. Pursuing a life absent of pain can be good, but only to an extent, not to one which restricts passion. I suppose, there we must find balance, as my father did. Though I must ask, I have always wondered, what exactly is the significance of the flying pig? I never fully gathered what it meant?

    The entire general concept of "what happens after death" has been so overly considered across the varying belief systems. In my personal philosophy, I always considered it, simply speaking, the end. And in a manner of speaking, that is what Epicurus put forward also. He taught that at the time of death, the soul would evaporate entirely. While the existence of such a thing is indeed arguable, the idea he puts across is that of finality, teaching us to instead enrich our life in the present of things rather than dwell on what will be. This could not be a more crucial point. He claimed that death marks the end of consciousness and sensation, thereby leaving us unable to feel any emotional or physical pain/pleasure. Logically speaking, this seems the most adequate way to describe what wishful-thinkers describe to be the "afterlife". However it does not do well to dwell on this conception of time after one's death. In a writing, Epicurus presented a rather interesting sentiment, "Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here". So why then, do we spend hours of thought thinking fearing death? Death is not to be feared, neither desired, it simply is. And then there are those who assume, that if death is an unavoidable constant, then the point of life must be to die. But this is not at all the case. Do we begin a book to finish it? Does a song begin with a beautiful chord merely for it to end? We read a book to feel the emotions it evokes, to learn and digest, to have our hopes risen, then shattered. We listen to a song to smile, and swell with the harmonies. Of course we are born with the inevitable fate of death, we are mortal after all, but that is merely the finale of the play, the closing act, if you will. We are not born to take a bow and exit stage, we are born to be joyous and learn and cry. Or alternatively put in the perspective of Catius' cat's three-legged-stool, we are born to feel pleasure and pain, to interpret the world through our senses, to anticipate. We are not born to die, we are born to live!

    Thank you so much for the words of welcome and support, Cassius, I would indeed be quite interested in that physics paper if you could please. I also find myself very surprised, I do remember him showing me that image with the canon, me being too young to understand, quite amusing now I think about it(:. Elli His daughter actually, yes of course thank you, I am certainly proud, and lately as I've begun to understand Epicureanism, I aspire to live this way also, it seems fulfilling, as it undoubtedly was for him. Ah, Metrodorus' words are only too fittingly true, if only we could all have lived this way indefinitely, not so mindlessly occupied all the time!

    Ah, much appreciated..Amrinder Singh was my father. I grew up listening to your videos, learning the ways of Catius' cat, at the mere age of 8 years old! Words of Epicurean wisdom would come relentlessly from my father's speakers, and so philosophy is part of me now. Thank you for introducing me to this world. And of course, thank you for remembering my father for who he was.