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A day late, but not forgotten … Peace and Safety for Your 20th of August!

Peace and Safety to the Epicureans among us, no matter where you might be!  As we remember Epicurus and the original pathfinders of Epicureanism, here’s a thought for the day, courtesy of Lucretius, via the Humphries translation of De Rerum Natura:

O glory of the Greeks, the first to raise the shining light out of tremendous dark, illumining the blessings of our life –
You are the one I follow.
In your steps I tread, not as a rival, but for love of your example.
Does the swallow vie with swans?  Do wobbly-legged little goats compete in strength and speed with thoroughbreds?

You, father, found the truth.
You gave  to us a Father’s wisdom.
And from every page, O most illustrious in renown,
We take as  bees do from the flowery banks of summer the benefit of all your golden words –
The gold most worthy of eternal life.

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As Seneca recorded:  Sic fac omnia tamquam spectet EpicurusSo do all things as though watching were Epicurus!

And as Philodemus wrote: “I will be faithful to Epicurus, according to whom it has been my choice to live.


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