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Epicurus idea of an ideal life is one full of pleasure and less stress He believes individuals should spend more time seeking pleasure than worrying as long as the pleasure does not harm anyone or themselves in the process His opinion on death clearly reflects his beliefs on how ones life should be lived Epicurus gives two main reasons for not fearing death These two reasons fall into two categories pragmatic and epistemic Epicurus pragmatic reason to not fearing death is to simply not worry about it The only thing life can promise is death death it is inevitable Understanding that death is nothing to us makes the mortality of life enjoyable not by adding to life a limitless time but by taking away the yearning after immortality Letter to Menoeceus p1 Death comes to every living thing plant animal human etc One has no control over this situation therefore in Epicurus opinion there is no reason to fear death He believes one should not spend their time on Earth fearing death when they can simply just accept it and use that time doing something else preferable something that brings pleasure to the individual Many people may agree with Epicurus pragmatic reason to not fearing death but many may find it difficult to agree with his epistemic reasonEpicurus epistemic reason towards death simply states that death is not a bad thing because it has not been proven to be so Add a quote in this sentence and explain it One should not fear his or her own death because it does not produce suffering nor any pain to oneself His belief is that one should only fear what causes pain and or suffering therefore one should not fear death because it does not cause pain and or suffering as Epicurus puts it Whatever causes no annoyance when it is present causes only a groundless pain in the expectation Death thereforeis nothing to us seeing
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