Aponia

Our coping mechanisms help us survive in times of strife and sickness. This is all the more relevant now that the world is stricken by a pandemic. The new normal being that we are confined inside walls of a place that we have been calling home.

But what is home? Is it the confines of our current solitary existence? Or is it the gentle breeze of the ocean on our faces while we bask in the sun’s rays? Home in my humble opinion is wherever we yearn for.

But I digress. In times like these it’s important to look back on the ideas that’s been left to us to help us cope going forward. To maintain the bonds that we created in the months and years before and to achieve at the very least a momentary state of happiness and self-love.

Epicureanism (named after the philosopher Epicurus), though a hedonistic and materialist perception of the world, its advocacy for a simple life as well as the concept that the absence of pain and fear creates the greatest pleasure (known as Aponia) sets it apart. Ultimately an idea worth pondering over.

Don’t fear god,
Don’t worry about death;
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure.

Philodemus, Herculaneum Papyrus, 1005, 4.9–14

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