***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 5/24/2014***
**This is the fifty-sixth in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Now that we’ve been going with this for over a year, it’s time for a few changes that I’ll briefly explain. Over the last year, these updates have been something of a collaboration between myself and Mequa, who has been the host of the Epicurean Philosophy Today forum athttp://www.epicurus.englishboards.com/t19-this-week-in-epicureanism . Mequa has decided to move on in his philosophic interests and away from our particular Facebook groups. I’m very sorry to see him go, and I hope you will all join me in wishing him well in pursuing his future interests. We’ll miss him and hope for his return one day.
** My purpose in compiling this each week has been to serve as a way to help myself keep track of new developments among those who are interested in Epicurus, and to make it easier for those of us who share these interest to communicate. As far as the use of private forums for this purpose, there’s no question that this is the age of Facebook, and the older format of web-based bulletin boards just can’t keep up. I will therefore only update the Englishboards forum occasionally as time permits. I will therefore work on upgrading the site currently located at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com and archive these posts there. I set up that page as a “clearinghouse” for links on the world of Epicurus, and these updates should fit well as regular blog posts at that site.
** One of the many good services that Mequa did for us before he departed was to set up the new Epicurean Philosophy Facebook group at:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ If you haven’t already done so, click over there and be sure you are a member so you’ll be informed of new posts.
** To start the week on May 18th, I posted a link to the web page of German physician Dr. Michael Sanger http://michaelsagner.com/ Dr. Sanger is president of the European Society of Lifestyle Medicine, located here: http://eu-lifestylemedicine.org/ He has a personal interest in Epicurus and was thoughtful enough to say a kind word to me about the NewEpicurean.com website. I was able to put him in touch with Dr. Christos Yapijakis, a geneticist in Athens, who is a real dynamo for Epicurus in Greece and is the leader of the Athens Epicurus interest group. Dr. Yapijakis, for those who are interested, is at:http://yapijakisen.wordpress.com/bio/ It’s a great privilege to be able to assist people who share an interest in Epicurus to get in touch with each other. If you’re a lurker in the Facebook forums but have a special interest you’d like to discuss, be sure to post on the Facebook groups or email me privately at Cassius@NewEpicurean.com
**Also on May 18 Hiram posted a link to the second Epicurean gathering held by a group in England:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/666434563405507/ Here’s a direct link to the post that has pictures and detailed summary of their event:http://andrewjbrown.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-second-epicurean-gathering-and-little.html
**This past week included the Twentieth of May, and I posted about that here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/667322239983406/ Please also remember that Hiram has a Happy Twentieth newsletter that goes out by email every month. You can view a sample issue here http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=c2e20fc0ffbdaf97dd8dc3023&id=6827d2c8c5&e=73c7715309 I really urge you to check that out, follow the various links that Hiram posts, and be sure you are on the mailing list!
**Now for a link I almost hesitate to post! Hiram posted today a youtube video by a struggling youth who gave a sermon on “Epicureanism or Hedonism”https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/669221053126858/ Wow it’s hard to believe one person can be so confused! Some of what he said was true, but he’s so misunderstood the overall context that any listeners who don’t know better will end up more confused than when they started. We had some discussion about this post at the link, but the part I’d like to repeat here is that in my view it’s hard to blame someone like him, who clearly has no real understanding of Epicureanism, and who seems to be relying on a few clips from a source such as Wikipedia or worse. The video producer equates Epicureanism with Hedonism as if they were the same (very wrong) and talks as if the essence of Epicureanism is relativism, which could hardly be further from the truth. It’s too much to hope that the superficial study this guy did would have been enough to educate him about the “limits and boundaries” and the very firm, very natural-law based universe of Epicurus. Very few of the readily-available sources even mention the physics that establishes these limits and boundaries, and without an understanding of how Epicurus viewed the universe, interpreting his Ethics correctly is a hopeless task. Watch the video if you want a few laughs, but NOT for education!
** I don’t always pick up the links from new posts at the Menoeceus blog, but here’s one I’d like to be sure not to miss:http://menoeceus.blogspot.com/2014/05/science-is-vital-to-happiness.html If you haven’t been following Ilkka’s blog this is a good opportunity to flip back through the posts, which are uniformly pithy and intelligent. This week’s was on “Science is Vital to Happiness” and it’s a short and sweet argument for an essential point.
**That’s it for the week! As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please add a comment or participate in the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/
PEACE AND SAFETY!