***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 6/28/2014***

**This is the sixty-first in a series of weekly updates with news from the world of Epicureanism. Our home base for discussion of Epicurean philosophy is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com. Please consider joining us on the Facebook forum so your facebook feed will be updated with the most recent postings.

Before we cover the posts of the week in order, let me turn to a discussion we had at the end of the week about what readers of the “Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group” would like to read more about. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/686549288060701/

Among the most popular suggestions were:

– What people do in their everyday lives that feel promotes a good lifestyle;

– Real life application of epicurean philosophy as it relates to the present age;

– Discussion of where modern Epicureans stand on politics;

– Common pitfalls;

– How Epicureans speak about Epicurean philosophy to relatives, friends, people they meet or colleagues at jobs, with discussion of and experiences and examples how do Epicureans affect (positively or negatively) the lives of other;

– Discussion of insights on celebrating the 20th, practicing meditation, issues around discerning between true/false friendship and other teachings.

– Techniques for practicing Epicurean approaches and attitudes until they become habit (for those of us who are disposed to it, including “chants” plus more conventional Epicurean methods such as displaying portraits of Epicurus such as the ancients used on rings and cups).

– Ways to pursue a ‘back to basics’ look at the fundamental teachings, for those who are new to the subject (and reminder for those who have been around).

– Ways to engage with the local community.

This is a great list and I will post it as a file in the Group to refer to in the future. Let’s continue to discuss how we can pursue these leads.

** We had some great posts this week, and one I’d like to highlight is Hiram’s “The Epicurean Way – Rediscoverying the good and Meaningful Life Through Work.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/685800738135556/ This was an excellent article that Hiram published on Occupy.com, and it sparked a good discussion on our board. Hiram has really been working hard lately since the completion and issuance of his book; he’s a great example of what can be done to spread the word about Epicurus to new people.

**This past week I posted a lengthy article myself on the relationship between Epicureanism and Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/684143624967934/ Thanks to the kind of networking that really makes facebook useful, one of our friends in the group pointed me to a ten year old article entitled “Objectivist Egoism v. Epicurean Hedonism” which tracked along my observations nicely. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/685301904852106/ There are many significant differences between Epicureanism and Objectivism, not the least of which is that Rand based her views on Aristotle. But it is also true that many of the people attracted to objectivism are good candidates for being interested in Epicurus, and I am convinced that those who study the differences with an open mind can readily see the superiority of Epicureanism over a warmed-over update of the views of Aristotle.
** Tom posted a link to an excellent article entitled “Fraternity, Subversion, Pigs, and Asparagus” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/684900831558880/ I am still waiting for the confirmation of the statement on Epicureans and asparagus!!

** Hiram found a link on “the Lucian of Samosata Project.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/685078794874417/ I hold Lucian in VERY high regard as an underappreciated Epicurean writer, so be sure to check out that site if you are not familiar with it.

** Tom (aka Mr. Curmudgeon), who exels at being curmudgeonly, found a good article: “In Defense of Being Average” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/685429208172709/

** Hiram found an article about a word that has some promise for us: “Eupraxsophy” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/686350864747210/

** Continuing in his efforts to excel at being average, Tom found some soul-mates in Denmark, where “”The whole idea of ambition is embarrassing….” : https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/686029794779317/

**Tom posted an interesting question about the meaning of ataraxia: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/686372331411730/

**Departing from excelling at being average, Tom found more dangerous water on which to tread: “How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/686278858087744/

** I believe someone tipped me to this link but I have forgotten who to credit: “Physicists Should Stop Saying Silly Things About Philosophy” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/685785721470391/

** Hiram posted to a TED talk by Jon Jandai that looks very good and received Stefan’s endorsement: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/686431271405836/

** For those who want to dabble in chanting (and I know at least one who does *NOT* ;-), Brian posted a sample of his reading from Lucretius. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=285197574993391

** To round up the week as of press time, Helen S. started a new discussion on books to read. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/687245311324432/ I think we got some good suggestions, but I have to say again, that I continue to worry about our Australian / NZ friends and how they manage to get around walking upside down….

** In closing, please thing about the list of topics at the top of this post. Facebook and other internet vehicles give us many good options, at little if any cost, and all it takes is for us to exert the energy. Making new friends and sharing good times is worth it, so to adapt a military cliche, please don’t wait for assignments from anyone else – ride to the sound of the opportunity!

I apologize if I missed anyone or anything. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please add a comment or participate in the Epicurean Philosophy Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ or hop around the internet word of Epicureanism by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com
PEACE AND SAFETY!
Cassius Amicus

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