Living Well

Epicurus's program for attaining serenity boils down to "Forget about God, death, pain and acquisition, and your worries are over," writes Joseph Epstein. But would such a detached life be worth living?

"Forget about God, death, pain and acquisition, and your worries are over," writes Joseph Epstein. "There you have it, Epicurus’ Four-Step Program to eliminate anxiety and attain serenity. I’ve not kitchen-tested it myself, but my guess is that, if one could bring it off, this program really would work. ... But the real question is, even if it did work, would such utter detachment from life, from its large questions and daily dramas, constitute a life rich and complex enough to be worth living? Many people would say yes. I am myself not among them."

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