“The Wise Man Seeks NOT Pleasure, but Freedom From Care and Pain.” Aristotle
“Life is evil because pain is its basic stimulus and reality; and pleasure is merely a negative cessation of pain.” Aristotle was right ‘The Wise Man Seeks Not Pleasure, but Freedom From Care and Pain.’” Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy. That would make
But I have follow-up questions (comments would be greatly appreciated):
- What if seeking freedom from pain is impossible?
- If it is impossible, can one still achieve Freedom from Care?
What if health issues like Multiple Sclerosis guarantees you will have pain at some level all the time. You are given a life sentence of ceaseless pain and suffering. There is never a day off. Your uninvited guest is incurable and progressive – it only gets worse. Maybe you finally got diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or psoriatic arthritis, or severe muscle spasticity and painful joints.
Perhaps you have Spinal Stenosis – the narrowing of the spinal column as you look down at the vertebrae from the top of the spine. In there is all the delicate spinal cord that travels from the white matter in the brain into the spinal column where it is protected by brilliantly designed flexible yet protective vertebrae. In its extreme cases, the cord is impinged and paralysis can occur.
What if you have had 4 cervical vertebrae fused together in your neck, have had surgery on each shoulder and 2 on one knee? I could go on and on…, but an even bigger question is…
What if you have ALL of the above? Believe it or not, I freaking do!
What is this Blog Going to be About? Philosophy, MS & Me…?
My journey through life trying to seek happiness and peace despite the chronic pain & suffering. If not freedom from pain, can I still seek Freedom from Care as Aristotle stated?
I intend to use my love of learning to live as full an intellectual life as I can and write about it in this blog. Once there is a following to justify it we will do a Podcast as well. I hated practicing law and now MS made it so I had to retire – so it’s not all bad.
I always wanted to write and now I can. Now I will. The main focus is & will always remain Knowledge, Philosophy and the search for the best way to live one’s life. And in my case, as with many others, how to live the best life despite MS or other serious challenges.
We will seek the best way to use philosophy to help deal with major adversity and achieve a happy, carefree and fulfilling life. I believe we need philosophy now more than ever and I look forward to building a community of amateur and professional philosophers to accompany me on my journey.
For a decade I have carried so much guilt and shame for being a diseased, horribly flawed waste of a human being. But I finally know I am not that. My health does not define me, it’s only a part of me. In fact, I would not be me if I suddenly was cured. It affects me and is very unpredictable, but it cannot define me unless I allow it. I refuse to allow it any longer. There is no shame. I didn’t do it to myself, I got a disease or two. Just uninvited guests that will never leave and that is all. Sort of like the graying whiskers in my beard.
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