The Chief Good

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The Chief Good

The Chief Good

  Introduction In this article we will explore the epicurean notions of wellbeing my primary source is book one of Cicero’s De Finibus in which Lucius Torquatus delivers a broad outline of epicurean ethics. (Lucius Manlius Torquatus was an ancient Roman statesman and military general during the later Roman Republic. Torquatus was an epicurean as revealed in Cicero’s De Finibus written in 45BC which accounted philosophical discourses of Cicero’s younger days. He was friends with Marcus Junius Brutus and the esteemed Roman polymath Marcus Tullius Cicero.)   The epicurean pleasure ‘The chief good, the chief good!’ This phrase was all the

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Use your privilege, a modern stoic concept…

Use your privilege, a modern stoic concept…

“Nobody is born on purpose,” at least that’s what Morty said to Summer in my favourite contemporary cartoon series, and so it goes that nobody has any control over the circumstances surrounding their birth or the conditions that they were born into. Whether you are born into luxury with a silver spoon in your mouth or born into poverty with a plastic spoon in your mouth or spoonless extreme poverty is just a roll of the cosmic dice that none of us has any control over whatsoever, so why worry about it all you might ask? “Contented poverty is an

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Relax we’re all going to die…

Relax we’re all going to die…

The biggest curse to befall mankind is the sure and certain knowledge that one day we will all die. This knowing, this understanding can cast a long shadow over a man’s life, making him realise that all of acts, deeds, accomplishments and favours will come to nothing, being eradicated by the relentless march of time. Everyone you know will die, all things that have been achieved by all men in all times eventually come undone.  Nothing lasts forever, empires fade and the world is forever changing, and that is all down to death. The adoption of this mental state is

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