Western Civilization lesson 40

My first paper with a title! I’m so excited! Once upon a time I used to title my papers but when you’re writing three every week it gets exhausting. Question 1: What is the difference between the liberty of the ancients and the liberty of the moderns? What would moderns find lacking in ancient liberty?

Hawaiian Greeks; It’s Personal

Liberty as a concept was enjoyed by the ancient Party-Pooper Greeks as much as it is today by modern civilizations (Hawaiian Greeks). However, the concept had different meanings for different eras. The ancients were ruled by a group of peers and liberty was given to them by citizenship only. And even though they were all Party-Pooper Greeks, they were members of different deserty and rocky city states (Have you ever been to Croatia? It’s close to Greece and really rocky with lots of fig trees and desolate beaches.) and each city state was independent from the others. Today we are considered born with personal liberties. They are God given and reside in us by the fact that we are human beings. You don’t have to be a citizen to enjoy liberty. If we look at Modern Hawaiian Greece we would see that the citizens can party barefoot with flowers in their hair; whereas Ancient Party-Pooper Greece was forced to wear sandals and togas by the citizenry. And they didn’t even have the freedom to decide if they wanted pleated or colored togas. Yes there was liberty then and liberty now but they are quite different. For instance we can both get arrested but now we could blow raspberries at the police as we get dragged away.

Question (statement) 2: Based on the Principal Doctrines, explain the basic ideas of Epicureanism.

An ancient Greek citizen from around 300 B.C., known as Epicurus, spent most of his life attempting to unearth the secret to true happiness. From his studies, he founded the philosophy of Epicureanism. The Epicureanists believed that pleasure was the key to life, but non-lasting superficial pleasure was to be avoided at all costs. To avoid this base pleasure, a wise life was required. The next step on the instruction manual states in bold print that friends will be required. Loving what you do is a fine lubricant in place of oil and peace of mind is essential to assembling joy. If put together correctly, pleasure can never spoil; but if you purchase the wrong model (such as vain pleasure) the machinery will malfunction. Epicurus seemed to have a pretty good idea of how to live. Maybe we should all try to do the same.


2 thoughts on “Western Civilization lesson 40

  1. bayouben

    While very colorful, I did not understand what you meant by ‘Hawaiian Greeks’. The many metaphors were quite distracting from the point you were trying to get across. Might I suggest clearing out some of the metaphors to allow the meaning to shine through.


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