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  • A few years back I watched a happy-life advice (probably on YouTube) from Bill Gates and Warren Buffett (not my regular passtime, but still...). The essence of it was quite Epicurean: "Try to enjoy life, don't work every hour, spend time with your friends and family". Needless to say, a "don't work too hard" suggestion coming from two gentlemen who jointly have more wealth than GDPs of poorest X countries in the world sounded a bit disingenuous or tone deaf. Of course, the Epicurean take on this…
  • Cassius thank you, I will consult recent posts and listen to the podcast "to catch up".
  • No need to apologise, I find a lot of useful ideas reading through everyone's posts. Indeed, as you say, there has been incredible amount of nonsense circulated about Epicurean position from extrene ascetism to extreme hedonism. Clearly, neither is in the spirit of Epicurus. My question is: could Epicurean philosophy be of any use to someone in abject powerty and misery as a starting position? After all, much of religion has historically been used to create contentment in misery. Being satisfied…
  • (Quote) Joshua yes indeed, Marx referred to religion as opium for the people. I tend to treat this issue on two different planes. So far as personal philosophy is concerned, the Epicurean reasoning is the closest to me (no need to worry about gods). Then there is the social justice and economics plane, where organised religion can be a source of social cohesion or a force that holds the society back (or both). On this plane I would have hoped for different tools to achieve social cohesion.
  • Kalosyni thank you - love the concept of the ability to problem solve. I suppose having a sober assessment of one's state, an audit of the problems and building an action plan is easier to do with the anxiety left out of the equation. I would suggest that it's the role of Epicurean approach to remove the paralysing anxiety. Martin has a great practical approach. (Quote from Cassius) Finally Cassius gave me the remaining piece of the puzzle. My original question was about whether Epicurean life …