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  • Thanks for the welcome guys. Please forgive my typing since I’m on my phone and English is my second language. I came to the site through the Lucretius Today podcast, which I’ve been enjoying and binge-listening to for the last days/weeks; thanks for that, Cassius and friends. The views put forth there have been eye opening. It makes me glad to say that being exposed to these has made me feel more comfortable with many views I already held myself, some of which I lived by, but that were hard to…
  • Well, let me try to share what’s been appealing and what’s been confusing. Please forgive, as many of these may be misattributed or not related to Epicurean philosophy, but this is where my understanding of it is today. It’s appealing to hear that it might be possible to have a framework that could be helpful to understand the world and how to navigate it in a very pragmatic way, within our reach, and with many tools we already possess. It’s appealing in that it could help to get rid of habits …
  • Please, as you read this post, bear in mind I'm playing a bit of devil's advocate as a way to help my understanding of the philosophy. (Quote from Martin)Yes. The hard part is being able to connect your lack of action with its potential consequences that far in the future. Is there anything said about immediate vs. long term pleasure? Also, when you see a man begging for change in the street, old and tired, the pain you feel in your stomach and heart (which I think is a feeling inherent to us, …
  • (Quote from Cassius)This is clarifying, thanks. (Quote from Cassius)This is one of the main takeaways for me from listening to the podcast. Because the popular discourse doesn't address very well what the position of the Philosophy with respect to virtue is. I'm sure I'm not using the right words, but what I'm talking about is the need for virtue in order to be able to rely on pleasure/pain, and the uselessness of virtue without it. Echoes of the "disconnect" that Erich Fromm used to write abou…
  • (Quote from Cassius)Thanks Cassius First 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? I guess that what could bother me is if there would not be a logical path traced by the philosophy that could lead the most people to care about those who need help/guidance to get out of their dire situation, which I, somehow, and it could be my years of catholic indoctrination, believe is something that…
  • (Quote from Cassius)I would love to get more into this, without having an opinion about it, and mostly out of curiosity, but I don't know if you guys would regard this thread as the place for that, or that the thread has already taken many ramifications and whether that is ideal for the organization of information in the forum. Anyhow, and a bit related to this... I discovered the discord today. I bumped into Charles there and we talked (or I guess I did, I don't know if he endorses what I'm sa…
  • (Quote from Martin)Yes I downloaded it for reading later. Thanks Cassius Thanks for your perspective Martin - also, the aeon article was a great recommendation on the topic.
  • (Quote from Don)Thanks for this post. The first time I skimmed by it but as I see it know it definitely was the basis for what I posted a few lines upstream, now that I had the time to come back and wirte a bit. I'd love your comments about it if possible Don
  • (Quote from Cassius)Haha, no, I didn't take it like that, but thanks for clarifying. Thanks guys for that welcoming exchange. It was very fun. I'll see you around the forum.