Category Archives: Ataraxia

“I Call You to Constant Pleasures!” – Epicurus

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Diogenes’ Wall: on Old Age

We should not view the young man as happy, but rather the old man whose life has been fortunate. The young man at the height of his powers is often befuddled by chance and driven from his course; but the … Continue reading

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Diogenes’ Wall: on the Pleasures

In the coming weeks, The Autarkist will be covering in detail some gleanings from Diogenes’ Wall Inscription. Diogenes of Oenoanda was a wealthy Epicurean from the Second Century of Common Era who lived in what is today the south of Turkey. He erected the … Continue reading

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On the Virtue of Coolness

Coolness is the proper way you represent yourself to a human being. – Robert Farris Thompson A happy life is like neither to a roaring torrent, nor a stagnant pool, but to a placid and crystal stream that flows gently … Continue reading

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Nietzsche on Introversion

See Will to Power Reasonings I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX The issue of introversion in Nietzsche and in society deserves separate and focused attention. Introverts, in spite of their unique contributions that they are uniquely … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! – Shall we Banish the Ego?!

Peace and Safety on this Twentieth to all Epicureans and Humanists everywhere! It gets parroted so often and by so many people seemingly in positions of moral authority, that many people never quite shake off the insinuation that the ego … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth of October: The Goal of True Spiritual Practice: Pure, Effortless Pleasure

Happy Twentieth to all the Epicureans and Humanists everywhere! In my Six Things I Learned After Writing “Tending the Epicurean Garden” post, one of the points mentioned was this: Neuroscience was a field of great interest to Epicurean philosophy from the onset. Epicurus, … Continue reading

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