I indulge in modest states of pleasure derived from several kinds of art—design & art direction, photography & painting, food & wine, film & television, or reading & writing. These are all my muses and my interest in them dilates and fluctuates.
If I lean towards any philosophy for living, the one that aligns with my sense of logic most closely is that espoused by the Greek, Epicurus. (As much as one can 2300 year later in modern America.) Epicureanism is a system of philosophy based on the teachings of Epicurus, founded around 307 B.C. It teaches that the greatest good is to seek modest pleasures in order to attain a state of tranquillity, freedom from fear ("ataraxia") and absence from bodily pain ("aponia"). This combination of states is held to constitute happiness in its highest form.
Epicurus was one of the first to develop a notion of justice as a kind of social contract, an agreement "neither to harm nor be harmed". He argued that laws and punishments in society are important so that individuals can be free to pursue happiness, and a just law is one that contributes to promoting human happiness.
What I post on these pages reflects my desire to share that happiness.