Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus

The philosophy of Epicurus (341–271 BCE) is instructive and still relevant for our time. Much of his work has perhaps been trivialised by the ‘epicurean’ idea of pleasure, through eating, drinking and carousing, but his teaching, through his school, The Garden, centred on a philosophy that anticipated many of the major scientific breakthroughs of the 17th century and focused on some of the leading tenets of modern ecology: that Nature never ...


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