Phil Pegum, Senior Producer at BBC Religion and Ethics, is putting together a series called “My Life as a …” about how ancient philosophical teachings can be applied to modern life. It’s presented by the comedian (and classics graduate) Andy Zaltzman. Every week Andy will be given the task of living his life as closely as he can to the tenets of three schools of philosophy.
Phil contacted me with the intention of seeking out “people who are very consciously trying to translate the teachings into their lives” and/or engaged in projects that are specifically Epicurean. Thus far we have found missionaries dedicated to the teaching mission of the Epicurean Gardens, “happiness activists” like the ones from Greece who are involved in the Pallini Declaration–an initiative to request that the European Union recognize the “right to happiness”–and the Las Indias worker coop, where the Epicurean ideals of autarchy, friendship, and community are explored in practice.
If you believe you have a compelling story to tell about living your life as an Epicurean, you should reach Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org.