It is the purpose of this book, the first of a two-part series, to, through an Epicurean lens, examine the obstacles to a good life and introduce solutions.
Most of what this book says, the sequel will expand on, but much must be left to the listener to develop in their own mind and in their own way.
This book has been written and edited with that critical view in mind. Once the background material has been covered, the obstacles to a pleasant life will be presented, followed by the tools required to overcome them, and then the habits and practice that apply those tools.
Book two will expand on this by presenting potential problems with Epicurean ideas and methods, and troubleshoot additional obstacles that may emerge in applying them.
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Too brief and repetitive
This is a brief account of the epicurean discipline and writings, which is however too narrow for elaboration. Although the main principles of Epicurus are conveyed, I suppose one could find a similar, even deeper, account on Wikipedia. Quite a few parts are repetitive and the narrator's performance is tiresome at times. Furthermore, there are constant references to some other book of the author, where the subject matter is supposed to be addressed thoroughly. Unless one wants to be mindlessly spoon-fed a list of epicurean teachings, they should skip this book for a real treatise.