|Tenets ... just to show I'm reading: Marcus Aurelius the Philosopher Emperor of Rome followed similar tenants and Buddah later came to the similar realizations.|
I don't know about Marcus, Epicurus or Buddah but that's the right idea. I'm sure long before Epicurus in 307 BC en.wikipedia.org wise rulers realize the way to attain real pleasure and satisfaction is in living modestly, to gain knowledge of the workings of the world, and to limit one's desires. This results in tranquility and freedom from fear..
Those are necessary but not sufficient conditions. So many people are entangled with their self indulgence but they can't find happiness and can't see that a philosophical change is necessary to escape their self-orbiting madness. It's a pandemic in New Zealand. It baffles me as life has always seemed so easy and happy with problems and disasters just temporary challenges to be overcome like climbing Mt Everest.