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The Yoga of Activity

The Problem of Anxiety Most men are insensible when they rest, and mad when they act. – Vatican Saying 11 This little-noticed Vatican Saying goes to the heart of the issues addressed by the practice of the yoga of activity. In … 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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FIfth, Sixth, and Seventh Principle of Piety

From Philodemus’ Scroll On Piety Worship affects reality because it affects character Piety is a sort of art of divine attunement with the philosophical virtues that produces wholesome, blessed, blissful, therapeutic states of mind Epicurean doctrines are considered the true … Continue reading

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Second, Third and Fourth Principles of Piety

From Philodemus’ Scroll On Piety Humans imitate the qualities they see in divinity. Therefore, the wise have noble expectations concerning the Gods Worship is an act of self-expression and only benefits the worshiper. It does not necessarily affect the object … Continue reading

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First Principle of Piety

The Seven Principles of Epicurean Piety are seven general guiding ideas that were distilled from the Reasonings on Philodemus’ scroll On Piety, which were published in Society of Epicurus. The Herculaneum scrolls are the writings that survived the eruption of Mount … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Law in Epicurus and Nietzsche

I recently had the pleasure of reading the highly-recommended book by Nietzsche, The Antichrist. Many of its paragraphs merely served to add depth and detail to some of the things I had previously come to understand from reading his notes … Continue reading

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