Musings in Philosophy
“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”
Philosophy is the search for Sophia, the goddess of wisdom, aka Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. It is an effort to define what we know is true, an effort to understand how we know that something is real and true. Thinking like a philosopher requires that we be able to think outside the box and be comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, while at the same time we are constantly searching for surety and definiteness.
Many ancient philosophers had a belief about what constituted true health and happiness. Epicurus believed that the removal of pain, with the moderate experience of sensual pleasure, meant perfect happiness and thus perfect health. In fact, Epicurus’ motto might have been “moderation in all things.”
Epicurean philosophy is often seen as focusing solely on the increase of physical pleasure, while in reality, Epicurus saw mental and intellectual pleasure as being at least as important as, if not more important than, physical pleasure. To the Greek thinkers, the ideal man combined strength and elegance of body with that of the mind. Thus, true Epicurean philosophy puts moderation first and has as its chief aspiration the balanced and moderate life, and far from being the hedonistic worldview as it is often portrayed.
Quotes from Epicurus
“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.”
“It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.”