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    It's from Philodemus, quotes or paraphrasing depending on the scholar, Metrodorus.

    Philodemus and Metrodorus are on the same page throughout: successful property-management is neither following the Cynics and living in a tub to avoid the bother, nor getting so obsessed with it as to be (in Philodemus’ vivid—if restored—phrase) “trapping oneself on treadmills” (XIV.28). It is taking trouble, but trouble that will pay off and help not just you but your friends (is allakton for greater pleasure, XV.37, XIX.22, and parametrētrikon tōi phusikōi telei, in a measure that accords with natural goals, XVII.45, cf. XXV.47) And if it does not pay off, then you must take more trouble, not less. This treatise sheds more light than any other Herculaneum text on the “hedonic calculus” by which the Epicureans could justify an all-but-Stoic amount of painstaking, just to ensure and secure pleasure.

    Philodemus, On Property Management. Writings from the Greco-Roman world, 33 – Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    Sadly I won't be able to make it Wednesday, but I'll add to the discussion. Metrodorus in on wealth talks about enduring pains in the present in order to avoid greater pain or gain greater pleasure in the future, from which we derive the concept of hedonic calculus. To me that sets the whole philosophy up to be a kind of psychological math problem. Which is why I like it so much, the idea that there's a formula for happiness. Just solve for x. Everyone's y might be different but x should be the same. Also from this I take that you can't eliminate pain in life so the goal should be to minimize it in a logical fashion. Accepting pains that can lead to greater pleasures and avoiding unnecessary pain. Hope this helps rather than just being a tangent.

    Philodemus suggests we avoid heavy toil and unethical means of acquiring wealth. The only 2 specific occupations mentions are teaching and rental property. He also makes mention of the skills we should employ when practicing oikonomia. "The philosopher will not conduct the administration of his property in a technical manner but will rely instead on common experience accompanied by reason, for these suffice to secure the financial means to a stable and tranquil life."

    Two points to start with one to poke at Don, Wouldn't the Jefferson Bible count as an epicurean "job".

    And to Cassius:

    "The only horrible thing in the world is ennui, Dorian. That is the one sin for which there is no forgiveness." Oscar Wilde

    Boredom is therefore a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.” ― Bertrand Russell

    Otherwise I agree with the conclusions reached pertaining to PD's.

    I'll have to grab a copy of philodemus I'm suppose to be working on an epicurean economics treatise of sorts on SOFE. So I can share my findings on the forums as I go. Just have to finish slogging my way through one of Catherine Wilson's books first, she's a really good and well versed writer but very dry and technical.

    Nietzsche's point is to live a life worth reliving. Taking into account all the bad what would you have to do to make it worth living over and over again. It's a call to action to examine your life and change it for the better. What ever that might mean for your life and demeanor. There's quite abit more to it but that's the basics.

    Godfrey In the realm of physics I'd argue that modern instruments extend our range of observations into realms previously unobservable.

    Pacatus And our willingness to change our standing beliefs as observations change I believe is part of the criterion of truth. It's one of the things I most like about Epicureanism, the anti-dogmatism of it.

    My plan is and has been to, if economic conditions remain favorable, buy land back home and build a homestead that I can share with my friends. Modeled after the Borsodi and Nearing homesteads, working the land half the day and spending the later half of the day in contemplation, discourse, writing or enjoying time with friends and family. With a few extra cabins to rent to tourists and students.

    Godfrey's meditations on the atomic universe reminds me of Nietzsche's answer to the eternal recurrence, as found in De Rerum Natura. Rather then denying our connection to the eternal recurrence Nietzsche asks us to examine our life and make it worthy of living again. 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!' The question in each and every thing, 'Do you desire this once more and innumerable times more?' would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life?"

    Yup that was me, I'll respond abit more in depth alittle later, I'm on night shift right now and it takes a few days to get used to the change.