Brevity is my middle name, but my name was TL
- Jan 11, 2020
Epicurus II to Menoeceus, Greetings.
One should not believe that at a young age, it is too early to learn to die, nor should one renounce to learn to die at an older age. Because it is never too early or too late to walk towards true serenity. Now, he who would claim that the hour of learning to die has not arrived yet or has passed for him, may be compared to a Man who would say that the hour of no longer being afraid to die has not arrived yet or is no longer there for him. The young man and the old man, both must therefore learn to die; the latter to rejuvenate through the contact with the serenity that comes from the certainty of dying gently, remembering the pleasant days of the past; the former to fully enjoy his youthfulness, without missing the party of a lifetime because of the fear of death. And so, it is necessary to meditate upon the means which can allow us to die gently, for when these means are ours, there is nothing frightening about dying, whereas when they are lacking, we risk dying in long lasting pain.
Hey, @Alucard, I didn't create this thread for you to advertise what you did there by getting creative with Epicurus, who was not a Stoic, and which you've already posted multiple times on the forum. Please bring value to the thread by relating your work to the Stoic discussion established in the title and the OP, or pay me for the space you took for advertising.