***THIS WEEK IN EPICUREANISM – 8/16/2014***

**This is the sixty-eighth 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/ and copies of these posts are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.

**As of tonight, our participant total has grown to 352. Last week this time we were 311. We are growing steadily and we welcome all the new participants! If you know others who would like to discuss Epicurean Philosophy, please let them know. In so doing, you can, like Lucian, “strike a blow for Epicurus – that great man whose holiness and divinity of nature were not shams, who alone had and imparted true insight into the good, and who brought deliverance to all that consorted with him!”

**We had another busy weeks with many good topics. Tonight I would like to highlight a video interview that Hiram Crespo gave to a blog entitled theconsciousresistance.com. As I stated in this link, Hiram deserves a *tremendous* amoung of credit for his energy and enthusiam in promoting Epicurus at the SocietyofEpicurus.com, with his book “Tending the Epicurean Garden” and all his work on the internet. This video is another excellent contribution: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706502766065353/

**Hiram also released this month’s edition of the trickily-named “Happy Twentieth” (which comes out several days before the 20th) 😉 Another of Hiram’s regular efforts which is very helpful for sharing news and views of our favorite philosopher. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707399132642383/

**Alan Furth posted a link to an article entitled “Fraternity and its Paths.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/705873252794971/ I thought this was particularly insightful for its comparison of Epicurean and Aristotelian views, and I highly recommend the article and the comments after it on our forum.

**As most of you know, our own Ilkka V. is the host of the “Epicurus” fan page with over 70,000 likes. Ilkka does a great job with the page, and it serves as sort of a “first step” for people who want to check in with Epicurus but who haven’t reached the point of wanting to be involved with our facebook discussion group. This time Ilkka posted a suggestion that people post questions, and he received quite a lot of responses. It would be helpful if the members of our discussion group, who presumably know more about Epicurus than the average man-on-the-street, would monitor the Epicurus page and respond to questions and comments when possible. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/705350356180594/

**As you also know, we have a “pinned” post from Elli at the top of our group asking people to drop us an email if they wish to become members and are not immediately approved. Not many people seem to do that, but I received a nice note from Alice B. this week, so I know it’s possible! Please everyone remember that at this point we have not attempted to “patrol” who reads the group and who doesn’t. We have chosen to keep the group “open” to allow others to see us discuss our favorite philosopher. Just remember that you don’t know who is reading your posts, so be careful and use good judgment about what you write – the world is reading! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706023179446645/

**One of the sadder developments of the week was the tragic story of comedian Robin Williams. Lots of discussion about that, started by Tom M, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706869986028631/

**As a reminder that we have some very talented people in our group, an American whose name will be typed here only as “B.” gave us a recitation of a part of Lucretius: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=309427019237113

**Alexander Rios started a thread on “listing anticipations” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706071469441816/ There are some important observations made in the comments to that thread, so if you are at all interested in this topic, be sure not to miss this one.

** Tom shared a British Humanist Association video on “What should we think about death” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/706489142733382/

** Elli shared a link on a significant new tomb discovery in Greece. I don’t gather they have determined the owner, but it seems associated with Alexander: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707436735971956/ Aha! Any mention of Alexander is more than enough reason to share my favorite Vangelis / Ancient Greece / Inspirational music video: BUCEPHALUS 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1J9UueYLNk

** Some of the most interesting material we get posted is some of the most unexpected. After you play the BUCEPHALUS video, be sure to check out this link, which was started by Elli with an excellent graphic. Who in the world is Vicky Leandros and why is she singing an American song standing in a pen full of sheep??? Followed at the end by some kind of explosion???? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204099478310282&set=gm.707346755980954&type=1

** I don’t think the following links nearly measure up to the sheep video, but Hiram posted a question about the word KALE https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707898072592489/ and I posted a question about Voltaire: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707999539249009/ Not nearly as interesting as singing to the sheep!

**Welcome to our new friend Marie Marienett! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/707950575920572/ I always appreciate Greeks who write their names in the Latin alphabet that I can type on my American computer keyboard 😉

**OK that’s it for the week! Feel free to post any comments in this thread.

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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