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  • I'm sorry if this sounds awful but Vatican City is teeming with sexual predators and their protectors (like "reverend" Bernard Law of Boston, who has his own cathedral and an assistant) who went there desperately trying to evade the law in their home countries. It should not have the privilege of sovereignty (which makes it nearly impossible to extradite criminals, a process which by which politicians risk the anger of the Catholic mobs and the loss of diplomatic ties with "the Catholic World")…
  • Nietzsche also shares our fears of what will replace Christianity, and Michel Onfray I think is doing a great job proposing an Epicurean and/or neo-Epicurean alternative. Alain de Botton's "Atheism 2.0" lecture and the "Sunday Assembly" give ideas about what a post-Christian world should look like. I think it's in our self-interest to support Enlightenment and humanist alternatives for creating community and meaning in the West.
  • (Quote from Oscar)I wrote a piece for the Humanist on euthanasia, and the research I did for this proved that only one Epicurean in antiquity ever committed suicide and this was a frowned upon practice among the Epicureans except in cases of terminal disease or when a person is already lying on the battlefield near death. Committing suicide to prove a point politically is about as far from ataraxia / a life of pleasure as one gets. Also, the problem of nationalism and anti-Semitism is something…
  • I like Nietzsche enough that I've written a full series of essays with CRITICAL Epicurean content about Nietzsche, both praising and criticizing his ideas http://societyofepicurus.com/e…nietzsches-will-to-power/ I mainly criticize his idea about truth as an expression of will versus truth as an expression of nature (which is the Epicurean concept of truth), his aristocratic ideals, and while his genealogy of morals is interesting and useful we have to be mindful not to dismiss all community and…