A Guide to the Good Life 8.2分
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enlighted hedonism


The enlightened hedonist's grand goal in living is to maximize the pleasure he experiences in the course of a lifetime. To practice this philosophy of life, he will spend time discovering, exploring, and ranking sources of pleasure and investigating any untoward side effects they might have. The enlightened hedonist will then devise strategies for aximizing the amount of pleasure he experiences.


In the same way that a "virtuous" (or excellent) hammer is one that performs well the function for which it was designed --namely, to drive nails -- a virtuous individual is one who performs well the function for which humans were designed.


According to Epictetus, the primary concern of philosophy should be the art of living: Just as wood is the medium of the carpenter and bronze is the medium of the sculptor, your life is the medium on which you practice the art of living"

Marcus Aurelius, emperor of Rome

Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness--all of them due to the offender's ignorance of what is good or evil.
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