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Old December 14th, 2014, 09:33 AM   #31
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La Dolce Vita (The Good Life): It has been said that the philosopher Epicurus preached living life to the fullest, which has been misinterpreted as one given over to hedonism. Epicurus did advocate a pleasurable life, which he believed could be obtained by living simply. His school of philosophy was in a garden where he and his pupils shared a spare diet under the shade of the olive trees; yet one rich in what was good in life. In Seneca’s letters to Lucillus, he often taunts his silent interlocutor with quotes from Epicurus as though to mock the stoics. Some say the Seneca made a mockery of his philosophy, pointing out his riches and hypocrisy. However, history records his indifference to worldly goods, giving away all his wealth to the ungrateful Nero, who thanked him by ordering him to commit suicide. His death is recorded by Tacitus as one who died as well as he lived.
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La Dolce Vita (The Good Life): It has been said that the philosopher Epicurus preached living life to the fullest, which has been misinterpreted as one given over to hedonism. Epicurus did advocate a pleasurable life, which he believed could be obtained by living simply. His school of philosophy was in a garden where he and his pupils shared a spare diet under the shade of the olive trees; yet one rich in what was good in life. In Seneca’s letters to Lucillus, he often taunts his silent interlocutor with quotes from Epicurus as though to mock the stoics. Some say the Seneca made a mockery of his philosophy, pointing out his riches and hypocrisy. However, history records his indifference to worldly goods, giving away all his wealth to the ungrateful Nero, who thanked him by ordering him to commit suicide. His death is recorded by Tacitus as one who died as well as he lived.
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what is a good life?

can you live your life in such a way that when you lay down to die you feel content?

or is that the wrong measure?

perhaps what a good life is varies with every stage of life.

still what would the best life look like?
As Penn Jillette has said, the reason he is a Libertarian is because to most questions his answer is "I don't know."

This question would be at the top of that list.

I have no idea what a "good life" would be for anyone other than myself. Since I don't know, I'm not about to start using the government to force you to live what I think might be a "good life"

If you want to smoke pot all day long and play video games....that might be a "good life" for you. So as long as you aren't interfering in the rights of others smoke and play all you want.

If a "good life" for you is to live in a commune and everyone sleeps with everyone else, then as long as no one is being held against their will...go for it.

If you think a "good life" is to read the bible every day and attempt to live your life according to it's precepts...then more power to you, just don't make laws that say I have to do the same.
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Old December 19th, 2014, 04:43 AM   #34
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As Penn Jillette has said, the reason he is a Libertarian is because to most questions his answer is "I don't know."

This question would be at the top of that list.

I have no idea what a "good life" would be for anyone other than myself. Since I don't know, I'm not about to start using the government to force you to live what I think might be a "good life"

If you want to smoke pot all day long and play video games....that might be a "good life" for you. So as long as you aren't interfering in the rights of others smoke and play all you want.

If a "good life" for you is to live in a commune and everyone sleeps with everyone else, then as long as no one is being held against their will...go for it.

If you think a "good life" is to read the bible every day and attempt to live your life according to it's precepts...then more power to you, just don't make laws that say I have to do the same.
you're so negative.

rather than nit pick over the details of your contra examples, I would rather encourage you to consider the question more openly, rather than using it for another excuse to bloviate along the lines of your biases.
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at some point every good boy should own a pick-up truck
Huh? Why???
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you're so negative.

rather than nit pick over the details of your contra examples, I would rather encourage you to consider the question more openly, rather than using it for another excuse to bloviate along the lines of your biases.
Nothing negative about wishing for more personal freedom.
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Nothing negative about wishing for more personal freedom.
What Webby was wondering is what you thought was a good life......and not more kvetching as to what other people think of it.
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What Webby was wondering is what you thought was a good life......and not more kvetching as to what other people think of it.
And I think a "good life" is whatever each person wants it to be.

You and I may have completely different opinions on what constitutes a "good life". My opinion of a "good life" may not be something you are interested in and vice versa.

The best life for both of us is a society where each of us gets to pursue our own "good life" as long as we are not preventing others from doing the same.
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And I think a "good life" is whatever each person wants it to be.

You and I may have completely different opinions on what constitutes a "good life". My opinion of a "good life" may not be something you are interested in and vice versa.

The best life for both of us is a society where each of us gets to pursue our own "good life" as long as we are not preventing others from doing the same.
yeah...but I think the idea is to personalise it. I want a Grammy...and I'm doing all I can to get one. See??? The good life...what???
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And I think a "good life" is whatever each person wants it to be.

You and I may have completely different opinions on what constitutes a "good life". My opinion of a "good life" may not be something you are interested in and vice versa.

The best life for both of us is a society where each of us gets to pursue our own "good life" as long as we are not preventing others from doing the same.
so ain't you a person?
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