Saturday, January 15, 2005

Contrasting views on philosophy

"Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. And to say that the season for studying philosophy has not yet come, or that it is past and gone, is like saying that the season for happiness is not yet or that it is now no more. Therefore, both old and young alike ought to seek wisdom, the former in order that, as age comes over him, he may be young in good things because of the grace of what has been, and the latter in order that, while he is young, he may at the same time be old, because he has no fear of the things which are to come. So we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed towards attaining it." —Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus

If God had meant us to do philosophy he would have created us. -- Marek Kohn

....or are they?

1 comment:

  1. Parvati4:08 PM

    No - indeed they are not contrasting views at all, the conclusion being that God did indeed create us and we are indeed meant to do philosophy which we do anyway, all the time whether consciously or not..

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