So, I’ve read Epicurus, and I think I get it. Our happiness comes from having friends, freedom, and reflection. Or perhaps better framed, happiness will come our way only when we have these things. But can it really be that simple?
Let’s start with friends. It is easy enough to have chums you enjoy a beer with after work, but finding the kind of friends Epicurus was talking about, how easy is that? Or am I simply setting the bar too high. Maybe he was talking about the guys at the bar?
And freedom. Freedom from what? From desire. Easier said than done in our consumer world, but certainly worth working towards.
Finally, there is the reflection part. This one would be easy enough to fulfill if only I didn’t have to work for a living.
So, what is the answer? How can we find the essence of the kind of life Epicurus champions while living in the modern world?
- Happiness and Death (phl2121.wordpress.com)