Well, on closer inspection of his philosophy it turns out that what he concluded was that the simple pleasures are what makes life worth living. He began what sounds like a sort of inner city commune known as "the garden" - he moved in with his partner, and a couple of friends (not sure about domestic pets). What he suggested was that the keys to happiness are good conversations with good friends, over decent quality food (not loads of it, or necessarily exotic food, but nice cheese on tasty bread kind of food).
Well Mr Epicurus - I'm with you. I've been on a comparable journey for a while now, and I've discovered (without reading your thoughts in detail - till today) that the best moments in life are shared over simple good quality food, a bit of bantered basic philosophy about what you find enjoyable (or painful), and some agreement that it's all worthwhile!
So, I got invited to a Salsa dancing lesson, but wasn't brave enough to knock on the door (it was locked with a special security combo lock), so I looked through the window for a moment then went to my usual Monday night hangout where the Master makes me stretch my body and mind, and it was awesome as usual. Then I chatted over some really good pizza with two old mates and a guy who's just moved to town. Great night, and testament to Epi's philosophy.
Cost: Pizza (divided by four) $2.50. Yoga - 12 bucks. Salsa - nothing, 'cause couldn't get in.
Total cost - $14.50
Enhanced Mood - Priceless!!
Duck measures quality of life...
“Send me a pot of cheese, so that I may be able to indulge myself whenever I wish."
PS: I imagine Epi explored this too... but just thought a tribute to Chrissy appropriate in this context. You'll be missed Chrissy RIP :(