- Hedonistic philosophers knew better. This school of thought holds that pleasure is a good worth pursuing and that the ideal human life is filled with pleasure.
- in Ancient Greece, the hedonist worldview did not necessarily descend into a life of gluttony and frivolity.
- Epicurus ultimately advocates for a rather simple life
- the highest pleasure you can achieve is the absence of pain
- content with bread and water
- once he’d sated his hunger, he thought no greater pleasure would come from actively seeking more elaborate dining.
- the key to Epicurean hedonism is eradicating all anxiety
- the Epicurean lifestyle of bread and water doesn’t sound particularly hedonistic or appealing.
- stop desiring anything you don’t naturally need
- If you think about modern stresses and desires about status and consumerism, there’s a lot of that we might be able to do without and probably would be healthy for us to do without
- It’s easy to fall into false beliefs about what matters, based on the expectations of those around us