08 January, 2011

Cantina Quote o' The Week: Epicurus

It is vain to ask of the gods what a man is capable of supplying for himself.


No, Epicurus wasn't an atheist.  No, he wasn't a hedonist.  But he believed in living a pleasant life, thought the gods couldn't be bothered with humans, and enjoyed evidence-based thinking.  In a culture where women were usually shut away in their houses and kept from education, he allowed women into his school, along with slaves.  All in all, the kind of philosopher with ideas worth considering.

From the above quote, one gets the impression he would have agreed with the sentiment, "Wish in one hand and shit in the other..."

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