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  • Multiple components comprise the Epicurean life. There is more to laud in the "sweetest life" than just pleasure. To say that there is only one highest good, is like saying you can only have one favorite food. Excerpts from Letter to Menoikos, translation by Peter Saint-Andre: "Let no one put off the love and practice of wisdom [note] when young, nor grow tired of it when old." "Practical wisdom is the foundation of all these things and is the greatest good. Thus practical wisdom is more valuabl…
  • Living a pleasant and sweet life is a highest good and a highest aim. Emphasis on action as a verb, rather than on an object or noun. Living pleasantly and sweetly = living joyously, living wisely, living beautifully, living rightly. Maybe it could be summed up with - living with a smile on one's face?
  • Thank you for all your replies. I will need a bit of time re-read and digest...will respond by the end of the day.
  • I feel like I am not able to follow all of the various ins and outs of thought presented by Cassius regarding Epicurus vs. SPA (Socrates Plato Aristotle), as I don't have enough knowledge of those schools. Also, my knowledge of Epicurus' philosophy is sorely lacking. And I might be not directly responding to the above points, but will simply respond anyway, on the basis of my intuitive personal ideas. A. The ultimate goal that I would like to choose for myself is to live joyously and sweetly. B.…