Is Epicurus right that a wise person does not fear death?

(Hi. This is an essay I wrote for a competition. Hope you enjoy.) Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,And death shall have no dominion. —Dylan Thomas It would be prudent to first clarify what the word ‘wise’ is before setting out answering the question: Wisdom is not intelligence—the ability to solve mathematical … Continue reading Is Epicurus right that a wise person does not fear death?

Breaking a 4-day fast. Two Observations on Epistemology and Ethics. March-5th Diary.

I broke my fast today during Dinner; I’ve fasted for exactly 4 days. I planned for 5 but it is Friday and I had family obligations to attend for.  Observations:  a) I could smell food when no smell was present. E.g., fried rice, braised pork, stir-fried vegetables. b) Reading became much more difficult because of … Continue reading Breaking a 4-day fast. Two Observations on Epistemology and Ethics. March-5th Diary.

Diary Feb.20. Buddhism, David Foster Wallace, Crime and Punishment, and the Sea

2-20 It was a fine day. I finished an Arendt, read some Dostoevsky, some Blake, some CaoXueQing. The Story of A Rock is a great work, but it is really a bit long; although it is always these long volumes that change one’s life. Reading these really long things is like entering a cult. It … Continue reading Diary Feb.20. Buddhism, David Foster Wallace, Crime and Punishment, and the Sea