pleasure and rational

Pleasure & Rational.  Heart & Mind. Epicureanism & Stoicism.

Epicureanism : A system of philosophy that believes – ‘Pleasure is the greatest good’.

Stoicism : A system of philosophy that believes – ‘accepting the moment as it presents itself’.

Epicureanism,largely has been misunderstood to be hedonism – a school of thought that argues that the pursuit of pleasure and intrinsic goods are the primary or most important goals of human life. 

Although Epicureanism considers seeking pleasure as one of the ultimate goals in life, it has several other tenets that advocate discipline which hedonism does not entail.

Epicureanism advises to live a life that seeks happiness. And that happens when one gains knowledge and limits their desires. Seeking beyond the essentials is an invitation to negative emotions.

Stoicism on the other hand advocates living a life that acknowledges life as it is. It advises to accept the moment as it presents itself, by not allowing oneself to be controlled by the desire for pleasure or fear of pain.

Like any philosophy that has been practiced over the ages, these two also complement each other and several other ideologies.

Ultimately, a human is just a combination of several thoughts that have been floating around. We hike across this universe riding on these different thoughts. Switching from one to another because we don’t want to miss out on anything.


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