Epicureanism is a philosophy built on the foundation of realism.Founded by Epicurus,
once a student at Platoʼs Academy who later went on and branched off into a life of
seclusion and moderation with his followers. This school of thought directly correlates
to the way Epicurus himself lived his life. Epicurus was a man who was clearly
content with his life, one of the issues Epicurus sets out to solve is the fear that was
so prevalent in ancient times. The idea of life after death was and is a huge basis of
uncertainty within society and through the use of physics and “atomistic materialism”
epicureanism tries to address the fact that you will die and that is the end, not exactly
a happy ending but a realist perspective nonetheless.
1. You must be open minded and willing to accept the ideas that are preached.
2.You must not hide in blissfulness or ignorance, you must be willing to accept reality
and face it head on only then can you reach solace.
3. You must be able to welcome death.The roots of epicureanism is basically that you
must accept the idea of death before no longer fearing it and with that fear still within
you, you will not reach true happiness.
4. You must be open to a scientiﬁc perspective as well opposed to a strictly
philosophical standpoint.Much of the school is dependent on the scientiﬁc theories
proposed and therefore making it crucial to be accepted universally.\
5. Finally, as an epicurean you must welcome moderation with open arms.
Epicureanism is not about materialistic endeavors rather, personal deﬁnitions of
pleasure. Achieving pleasure through simplicity is the most practical and rational way
possible. Whether it be that you are not ﬁnancially stable enough to enjoy lifeʼs luxuries
or you just do not wish to, the importance of enjoying the simpler things is extremely
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