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Platos believes that the body is nothing but constant distraction to the soul The five senses along with pleasure and pain are among the most distracting feature of the body because with them one cannot search for reality Plato viewed death as the one release from the body in which the soul is free to search with reality since it has no contact or association with the body Plato thinks of pleasure and pain as something one cannot have without the other A man cannot have both at the same time Yet if he pursues and catches one he is bound to catch the other But Plato believed that to distance your self from pleasure and pain as much as possible On the other hand the Epicureans believed it was natural for humans to seek the pleasant life above all other things this included needs that are natural and necessary such as food and shelter and often needs that were natural and unnecessary such as sexual gratification The Epicurean philosophy did not include needs that were unnatural and unnecessary such as wealth and extreme luxury Epicureans believed that by trying to satisfy the unnatural and unnecessary pleasures that one would ultimately find disappointment failure or illness in the end Finally the Stoics believed all that occurs happens in accordance to Natural Law Their two fundamentals are 1 Whatever happens is the inevitable outcome of the logic of the universe 2 Whatever happens is for a reason and therefore is fore the best According to these two fundamentals Stoics outage on the body would be to go with whatever seems natural and whatever it is cannot be helped The ideal stoic would go about life as an actor in a play playing the roll they are assigned If one becomes ill the would play the part accordingly The stoic philosophy also say to remain uninvolved emotionally in your fate and you will live an untroubled
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