Epicurus: Happiness And Death

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In the letter to Menoeceus, Epicurus begins by saying that happiness and death play hand-in-hand. Epicurus also states that there are gods, but they are not around to be concerned with humane problems. I will argue that Epicurus is right about happiness coming from pleasure and that death is nothing to fear, however I will also argue that Epicurus is wrong about the gods not existing to maintain humanity. Epicurus believed that happiness and death go hand-in-hand because happiness and death both form sensations. It is believed that once someone dies, they will live on infinitely due to immortality, and with death comes happiness (Epicurus 233). Epicurus says there are three types of pleasures; groundless, natural but unnecessary, and natural but necessary. He believes that groundless pleasures should be eliminated and natural unnecessary pleasures should be used cautiously (Epicurus 234). “The gods exist; but it is impious to accept the common beliefs about them. They have no concern with men” (Epicurus 232). Epicurus is stating that he believes the gods do not have anything to do with humans because the gods do not notice humans directly. This is due to him believing that there is not an afterlife with the gods. “The gods do indeed exist, for our perception of them is clear; but they are not such as the crowd imagines them to be...” (Epicurus 232). He then goes on to explain that the gods are not here for humans because they are conceited. They will only socialize

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