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On 9/6/2021 at 5:10 PM, Hierophant said:

 

I struggled with this same thing when I left Christianity. I found a book by James Warren called, "Facing Death - Epicures and his critics." It really helped me to come to some of the same conclusions you mentioned in the post.

 


Sounds like a good book but jeez it’s expensive!  $57.99 for the Kindle version, $65 for paperback.  
 

I do think Epicurus is a valuable source of wisdom for ex-Christians and others.  It can be found here and elsewhere:  
https://classicalwisdom.com/people/philosophers/epicurus-the-nature-of-death-and-the-purpose-of-life/

 

Epicureanism, like Stoicism, is undergoing somewhat of a revival as people leaving Christianity look elsewhere for wisdom.  Neither philosophy truly matches the common perceptions, of Stoicism as grim acceptance and Epicureanism as the eat-drink-and-be-merry approach.  They’re both well worth exploring. 

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On 9/6/2021 at 10:10 PM, Hierophant said:

I struggled with this same thing when I left Christianity. I found a book by James Warren called, "Facing Death - Epicures and his critics." It really helped me to come to some of the same conclusions you mentioned in the post. As others have said, it was realizing that I did not exist for billions of years before I came to being. It did not bother me then, why should I be bothered about it when I die. I am certain that I will probably have some level of fear when I am actually dying, if I am in a situation where I will know I am dying. Mostly because I have never done it before. The book addresses that as well; I found it really helpful.

Thank you for bringing that book to my attention.

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On 9/9/2021 at 11:27 AM, TABA said:

I came across this and picked up a digital copy.  It’s the second book by this author on Epicureanism and I’m looking forward to reading both.  
 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WRGSZ2D/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_K2JAPK2STTJY1KXRE6R7


 

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That's a book priced more in my league.

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On 7/31/2021 at 5:02 PM, webmdave said:

I don't anticipate experiencing any anxiety after death as I won't exist anymore the instant death occurs. 

 

In fact, I anticipate being troubled by an unconcious nonexistence following my death in much the same way as I was disturbed by an unconcious nonexistence before my birth. In other words, not at all. 

 

 

This is truth, reality and wisdom.

 

We humans have an instinct for self-preservation and survival, same as every other animal.

If it were otherwise, none of us would be here now to discuss it.

                

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