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  • Excellent questions and perspectives, camotero ! Thank you very much for sharing and welcome to the forum. I read echoes of my own experiences in your post. Martin and Cassius have done a good job in beginning to address some of your points. Let me add a few initial thoughts myself. You mention: (Quote)In thinking through this (and I've had similar thoughts), I sometimes refer to another tradition, to what I've read the current Dalai Lama calls "selfish altruism" which has also begun to be stud…
  • I got worried when I read Cassius 's first sentence here: (Quote)uh, oh! I was waiting for the "...but..." But it ends up, we agree. The only way "our own long-term individual interest lies in the welfare of everyone" is that we live in a society and "everyone" can potentially or tangentially have an impact on our own pursuit of happiness (eudaimonia). Primarily, we need to be concerned with those with whom we come in contact. Those with whom we interact. Those will have the most direct affect …
  • (Quote from Cassius)You can at least take pleasure in the thought experiment in going back and helping to save the Epicureans and bring back some original texts.
  • This is a very thought-provoking discussion. Thank you, camotero , for raising these issues! And thank you, Martin , for the replies and link to that article. (My mind started to bend part way through so I plan to go back for another read. Saved it to my Pocket app.) One thing that came to mind when reading camotero 's posts was the Epicurean concept of the limits of Nature. I may not be interpreting this correctly, so feel free to critique this. As Epicureans, we have to respect the natural li…
  • Excellent posts! I've addressed some of your questions and statements below. camotero askedFirst question: This is the 39th passage from what text? Are there any arguments related to it that could give a logical explanation of why this is the case? This is the 39th Principle Doctrine as listed in Diogenes Laertius's 10th book of his Lives of Eminent Philosophers. That book is all about Epicurus and is one of the primary sources of Epicurus's works to survive from the ancient world. There are nu…