City vs Country- an Epicurean perspective

Here in the English speaking world, we’re all familiar of the tale of the city mouse and the country mouse: the city mouse invites the country mouse to his house. While containing riches beyond the country’s mouse’s dreams, it also contains terrifying dangers, like the cat. In the end, the country mouse decides his own …

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Bernard Levin: On Quoting Shakespeare:

The following is not about modern life or politics, or even Epicureanism. But read it and you will wonder at the genius of Shakespeare all over again: “If you cannot understand my argument, and declare “It’s Greek to me”, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are …

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The Age of Loneliness, by George Monbiot

When Thomas Hobbes claimed that in the state of nature, before authority arose to keep us in check, we were engaged in a war “of every man against every man”, he could not have been more wrong. We have always been social creatures who depend on each other. The hominins of east Africa could not …

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In praise of Colin Kaepernick

Just a short one today, I’ll be back with my usual-length posts on Sunday. Also note that I know virtually nothing about the NFL.  For those of you who don’t know, Kaepernick is an American football player, who has recently caused controversy by kneeling when the national anthem is played at football games. Trump has …

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Good point – any answers?

To The Sunday Telegraph There must be something seriously wrong with Britain’s education system if we have shortages of doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, electricians, plumbers and bricklayers when nearly 50% of our teenagers are going to university. What are they all studying? Professor Ronald C. Denney, Sevenoaks, Kent

Arming the police

One of President Obama’s better decisions, says Adam Bates, was banning the federal government from distributing surplus military equipment to local police forces. The move followed the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, where the police were condemned for their heavy-handed military response. The bad news, though, is that the Trump administration has now rescinded …

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Epicurus and romantic love

How should we view the teachings of Epicurus with regard to romantic love? Epicurus was not the only ancient Greek, philosopher or not, who regarded romance between men and women as potentially either overwhelming or excruciatingly painful – and all points in between – thus detracting from peace of mind. Epicurus himself had nothing against …

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