Philosophy of the Day ~ Death Means Nothing To Us

Epicurus’s Train of Thought

  1. The goal of life is happiness.
  2. Happiness comes from seeking pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
  3. Our unhappiness is caused by fear and our chief fear is death.
  4. Death is the end of sensation and consciousness. Thus, death cannot be painful.
  5. Therefore, death means nothing to us. The individual that is truly happy is the one that has overcome his fear of death.
8 Responses to “Philosophy of the Day ~ Death Means Nothing To Us”
  1. Unlike many Christian, I am a Christian hedonist. It totally agree with (1) ” Blaise Pascal was very correct in saying “All men seek happiness.”This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.”

    But I doubt that happiness comes from seeking pleasure and the avoidance of pain. Think of a mother at labor, and the joy of loving making and birth of a child. Some pleasure that brings happiness faces pain. Another example is a football player who played and won a championship trophy and one who sit at the substitute bench. The happiness of the one who played and painfully won is higher than the one who sit down and watched without any pain.

    We value most what we delight in most. I do value life, but not most, death I fear not, because I treasure something else than my life. Death is like a vehicle(a car) that will take me where I want to go, were my delight is in.

    Thank you for a beautiful outline of hedonism.


  2. Rick Searle says:

    I am not sure if you posted this sometime in the past, but here is a funny, if simple, explanation
    of the Epicurean philosophy.

    Prayson’s point that long term happiness sometimes involves pain and suffering makes me think that ultimately he would side with the Stoics.

    Where would you fall CC?

  3. Rick Searle says:

    Sorry, didn’t intend to actually insert the video into my comment- just the link.

  4. The Water Bearer says:

    I agree with Prayson Daniel. I do not fear death. I fear deception. I have faced many painful mountains and received much more blessing than first hoped foe. That brings the unmovable JOY of FAITH! :)

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