** This is the one hundred and fourth in a series of weekly reports on news from the world of Epicurean Philosophy. Our home base for discussion is https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/ Copies of these posts, and links to active Epicurean websites, are stored at EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com.
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**We had a lot of discussion this week in response to some very good questions. Tonight I will point out the highlights of those, but I also want to report that I am continuing to work on a new format for preserving some of the important aspects of these posts rather than letting them fade into obscurity as the Facebook timeline inexorably advances. It is only natural that the same questions are asked over and over, and it would save us all a lot of time, and improve our responses, if we could easily refer to past discussions.
Stay tuned – I am working toward an announcement of a new initiative in that department hopefully later this week. My goal is to allow those who are most interested in the work we are doing to participate more closely in creating content that we can all access more easily and distribute more widely. Several of us have blogs and websites that are carrying on that work, but we will always have numbers of people who are not up for the challenge of maintaining their own site, yet want to assist in the work of building up a body of Epicurean material that others can use. We’ve come a long way on Facebook in building a community so far, but there are projects to tackle that Facebook isn’t designed for.
Stay tuned and I will announce more as the project proceeds.
**Here are comments on the past week:
**In furtherance of the points raised by Hiram in his article in the Humanist, I prepared a graphic entitled “Which is Happier?” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/822117547837207/
**Hiram prepared a graphic featuring Lucian and his “Alexander the Oracle-Monger” https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/822183654497263/
**Thanks to a post by Jason Baker, I learned that Norse mythology contained a god of “Pleasure and Peace,” who had a boar as a sidekick. That seems too close to Epicurus to be mere coincidence, so I borrowed the graphic and used it as a theme for a post on how the important criticism in the letter to Menoeceus was focused, not on the activities listed, but on the “unbroken succession” of them. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/822255561156739/
**In another example of the type of material I think needs to be easily accessible, I took the time to go through quotes from several prominent Stoic philosophers on the topic of pleasure. It wasn’t pretty, but this is material that we will regularly need to refer to in order to show how the philosophies differ. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/822307591151536/
**Recent discussion of the “fullness of pleasure” vs “painlessness” issue reminded me of a vintage television commercial that illustrates the point of a vessel which can be “filled to the rim” with good things. You probably have to be a certain age, and from certain geographies, to appreciate this, but if you are, I think it hits home. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/822480677800894/
**Hiram posted a good article from Philodemus’ On Anger of relevance to recent events in Baltimore, Maryland. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/823562227692739/
**In a little change of pace, a blog post from a dieter that was making the rounds provided a good illustration of the point that there is no “end state” that once we reach is good enough for us forever. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/823365671045728/
**Elli posted a graphic on Metrodorus and VS 10: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/824046530977642/
**Juha posted a link on suffering and Jim Carey (which is what I feel when I watch his movies) 😉 https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/823518637697098/
**Elli posted a link and nice graphic to my only “children’s outreach” to date – my “Catiuscat.com website. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/824255734290055/ You will no doubt observe that this has not swept the world with sucess, but perhaps it will serve as a challenge to someone to do better! 🙂
**Alexander posted a link to an article on how trying to make everyone happy can make you miserable. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/823409477708014/
**Hiram posted a link to his Society of Friends of Epicurus youtube channel. Be sure to subscribe! https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/824541554261473/
**Elli posted a good graphic portraying VS 44: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/825355427513419/
**We had a good discussion prompted by a post from Juha pointing out the importance of making sure that we know the definitions of the important terms used by Epicurus. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/825267724188856/
**Juha also posted to an article about the issue of whether the perceptions can be relied upon. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/825305387518423/
**No doubt prompted by recent discussion on Aristotle and others on money, Elli prepared a graphic on VS 43 and the love of money. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/825364877512474/
**And last but far from least, the name “Ayn Rand” is usually good for a discussion, if not necessarily for enlightenment. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EpicureanPhilosophy/permalink/824353240946971/ Hiram posted a a video “How is this Still a Thing?” which prompted lots of discussion. I know our friends in Greece and Europe were happy to learn that the Ayn Rand Institute is working on outreach to their areas. 😉 You’ll want to read the discussion if you are interested in this topic, but I do want to point out that regardless of your feeling about Ayn Rand, there are important issues here regarding Aristotle and Epicurus which many people need to know about. I think we probably need to devote far more attention to Stoicism and its variants than to Objectivism, but if people have questions we will be glad to try to respond to them.
**Those are most of the highlights for the week. Thanks to all who participated. We’ve had another very substantive week of discussion, and I thank everyone who participated. 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 world of Epicurean Philosophy by checking the links here: EpicurusCentral.wordpress.com