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.
As Seneca recorded: Sic fac omnia tamquam spectet Epicurus! So 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.”