Category Archives: Ataraxia

Review of Muscle Stimulator for Pain Relief

As many of my readers know, the Epicurean recipe for a life of pleasure includes ataraxia (freedom from mental anxieties) as well as aponia (freedom from physical pain)–and while it’s true that mental pains and pleasures last longer and we … Continue reading

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The Poetic and Literary Value of the Gita

As is the case with other scriptures, the Gita contains beautiful and didactic poetic moments, parables and comparisons. For example, when Sri Krishna shows his Universal Form at end of chapter 11, he assumes the form of Lord Time (Kala, which is an aspect … Continue reading

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The Yoga of Existential Anxiety

The Gita takes place in the field of Kurukshetra, also called Dharmakshetra (the battlefield of action). As the battle is about to begin, Arjuna–who belongs to the warrior caste–asks his charioteer, Lord Krishna, to move the chariot to a place … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth: What’s Wrong with Pleasure?

Happy Twentieth to Epicureans everywhere! We recently stumbled across a piece in The Agonist: a Nietzsche Circle Journal titled On Nietzsche’s Search for Happiness and Joy: Thinking with Epicurus–speaking of which, here’s Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30. We … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Sadé!

Helen Fọláṣadé Adú (aka Sadé, shah-DAY), the head singer of the British band by the same name, was born on the 16th of January of 1959. I’m posting this blog in celebration of her remarkable musical career and legacy, which now … Continue reading

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PD 39, Eumetry and the Art of Epicurean Diplomacy

The man who best knows how to meet external threats makes into one family all the creatures he can; and those he can not, he at any rate does not treat as aliens; and where he finds even this impossible, … Continue reading

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Horace: Dare to be Wise

If you don’t set your mind on honest aims and pursuits, On waking, you’ll be tortured by envy or lust. Why so quick to remove a speck from your eye, when If it’s your mind, you put off the cure … Continue reading

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