In ancient Greece you would have found yourself without wi-fi – and a lot else, but you would have been able to sit at the feet of two great and influential figures, Aristotle and Epicurus.
Aristotle believed we, living beings, special function was to reason. Used properly leisure enabled people to realise human nature at its best. The exercise of reason for its own sake – intellectual reflection practised by excellent people (like us today, of course!)
Epicurus, had a different view: we are a random collection of atoms, which desire pleasure. Leisure is a means to find pleasure- a sanctuary from the hassles of public life.Simple pleasures produce a healthy body and a tranquil mind best appreciated by his followers, children and animals.(like? fill in the blank……)
What would the two have made of the Internet? Aristotle would have surely eulogised about the potential for all to use the universally available knowledge to realise human nature at its best. But, what would Epicurus have said? ‘stick to Facebook, Twitter and angry birds for innocent amusement only?’ Discuss.
Any similarities to present day circumstances are purely coincidental.
Or, nothing really ever changes….what do you think?
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