Where do you see examples of the three schools of philosophy discussed in this lesson (the Epicureans, the Stoics, and the Cynics) in the world today?

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      Melanie
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      i believe we can see the philosophy of the Epicureans in those non-believers that promote doing whatever make you feel good. To them their is no righ tor wrong just do what feel good to you. i see the religion of Scientology as stoics.

    • #95333418
      Jenny Lauterbach
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      The three schools of philosophy can be seen throughout the world today:

      The Epicureans can be seen in those people who live for mental pleasure above all else. They seek that pleasure through entirely selfish means while wanting others to perceive them as restrained in their passions. This could be those who indulge in alcohol or drugs but in a way that is viewed as acceptable by society such as prescription drugs or a functioning alcoholic. Their focus is on a general sense of mental and emotional comfort as their highest ideal.

      An example of a stoic can be seen in the workaholics of our current society. They work extra hours without complaint and forsake other important aspects of their world such as family and even God.

      The Cynics can be often be seen in the younger generations. They forsake wisdom and knowledge for their own self-interest and desire to live in a way that is contrary to the social norms or customs that have been established especially by the older generation. It is often associated with an argumentative nature and a sense of entitlement.

    • #95332752
      Julie
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      Epicureans live in the moment rather than looking at the future. They can be found in the bars and the party scene. As long as they’re having a good time now, they don’t seem to care as much about what the future brings.
      Stoics are focused on the perfection of doing it all right. They can be found in the health clubs or even the salons.
      Cynics want others to take care of them. They can be found just about anywhere.

    • #95317417
      Liliarosa
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      Epicureans are individuals who focuses much of the material pleasures. The Stoics are individuals who are intent on self in the physical and spiritual sense. Cynics, on the other hand has let go of responsibilities necessary to live in the world but demands the world to care for them.

    • #95317342
      Robyn
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      Epicureans could be seen as those in today’s society that have no cares for how their actions hurt themselves later down the road: partying, drinking, drugs etc because they are fun in the now.

      Stoics are those who are intent on taking care of themselves fully, not dependent on anyone including Christ.

      Cynics could very well be seen as entitled youth who have the expectation that they should be allowed to do whatever they want, be given what they ask for and be taken care of without having to work.

    • #95313300
      Kristin
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      The Epicureans are seen today as people who “live for the moment” or “seize the day.” Their focus is in the here and now, instant gratification, and fulfilling earthly desires.

      The Stoics are seen today as people who do all the “right” things. They workout, they are wise with their finances, they eat healthy but they fail to realize their need for a savior.

      The Cynics are seen today as people who rely on others to take care of them. They believe that is everyone else’s responsibility to provide for their basic needs and are happy to sit back and be enjoy life at the expense of others.

    • #95311157
      Sandra
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      Epicureans are people in our society today that just want to do everything of the world- sinful nature mentality. Stoics are people who want to have a healthy outlook on life, their bodies. cynics are people that today that are lazy and what to put in the work and sacrifices, however, want to benefit off of others.

    • #95309313
      Ken
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      Solomon would say that there is nothing new under the sun and in this case, we can see the same ideology of tge Epicureans, the Stoics and the Cynics today because human nature has not changed. Today the Epicurean mindset can be seen by those that party and amass things because they have no thought about anything beyond the immediate temporal life. On the flip side of the coin, we see Stoicism represented by those that believe that living a self disciplined life by removing themselves from many earthly pleasures as a means of being pure. Cynics are seen today in the tragic fatalist attitude that nothing really matters anyways so who cares how we live.

    • #95309147
      William
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      The Epicureans are seen in society at large as people indulge the desires of the flesh life is short so let’s party and enjoy a hedonistic life style. Stoics are found in those who want to live a healthy lifestyle. Cynics live simple lives happy to let the planet and society look after them.

    • #95308143
      Terry
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      We see way to much of the Epicurean movement in person today in that all they want to do is party and have fun. Go to any nightclub or bar and you will find plenty of this type of people.

      Stoicism can still be found in the people who you will find in gyms, drinks protein shakes and really taking care of their bodies but they fail to take care of their souls. They are so caught up in taking care of themselves, trying to live longer here on earth and little do they know that try will spend eternity in hell.

      Cynicism is a whole different story in itself. These are people you find in communes or cults where they are listening to false prophets. They think that their leaders are Christ Jesus when he is really a version of the anti-christ. Some of these groups of so called believers go so far as to say that they too can be gods.

    • #95300438
      Tiffany
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      I think these three examples of philosophies are still seen today. The Epicureans are always seeking out short-term pleasures. They want things done now, and they want the best at that time. They most likely aren’t think about the future. There are many people and different generations that tend to have this mindset. Stoics seemed to be a little more future minded, but lean towards taking away any pleasures in order to live as “healthy” as possible, without overindulging. Today, we may see this with those who are more liberal in their political approach, as they may tend to believe that taking care of the body can result in the best life possible. The Cynics would be comparable to hippies or those who do not tend to take care of themselves, but would rather have someone else do this for them.

    • #95300243
      David
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      I also think we see signs of all of them today. I think epicureans are common, especially the yolo attitude of you only live once, in the youth of America. You see the stoics in much of liberal America in trying to train body and mind to solve the ills of society.

    • #95294756
      Evan
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      I believe we see traces, if not all out evidence of all three philosophies active in the world today. Oddly, some Christian denominations seem to have elements of all three schools of thought. With the present political climate, many try to get what they can, try to appease others or fall into line particularly with regard to their relationship to nature, or bring a bold but misguided presence into representation. If one compares worship styles or doctrinal overviews in churches today, there may be some sharp contrasts that can be inviting, but not Biblically solid.

    • #95293830
      James
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      The Epicureans seem like a bunch who would be all for the adventure, those who like to live it up and enjoy a good time. The Stoics were a strict crew who made sure they had control over their bodies and desires. The Cynics could be described as the hippies of their days.

    • #95293585
      Stephen
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      Like the Epicureans, many people today have no belief in an after life, or judgement seat, they belief that life is to be lived for pure enjoyment of oneself. Stoics on the other hand are those, not necessarily believing in God, but nevertheless seek to live a more temperate lifestyle, and become obsessed with healthy living, avoiding any excesses.
      Cynics today are those that perhaps see no purpose in life, and criticise any kind of philosophical belief.

    • #95283700
      Pamela
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      The Epicureans might be those people in society today that seem to live only for the here and now. They value pleasure and self and live to satisfy their earthly desires rather than having their mind focused on things above that actually satisfy.

      The Stoic people of today, while still a disciplined people, might be the ones who care too much about outward appearance and not about the inward matters of the heart. By focusing too much on what is good for the body they forget to take care of their mind and heart.

      The Cynics of the world today are those who want someone else to do the work, but they would like to be the beneficiary of that work. They will do for themselves only what they have to and believe the government should take care of the rest.

    • #95283340
      Nabile
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      The epicureans are the “yolo” (you only live once) people who are more concerned about this present time, which in itself it is not wrong Christ Himself say to not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough problem on its own. Matthew 6:34 The problem is that they use the present time to satisfy their earthly desires, their flesh which is so against what Christ taught us. It is not living for us, but living for Him what matters. Seeking to feel the void that we have after the fall for things that are seen will never satisfy that emptiness, it may do but only for a moment. It is not a permanent satisfaction.

      While the stoics are the people who trust in their own strength. They understand that living for the moment to the extremes of the epicureans is dangerous to their health. I feel they are the self-help books people, the vegans or people that are super concern about their physical health.

      And finally we can see the cynics in movements that have recently aroused through the US. People that care very little for their well-being and want others to sustain them, as accoruding to them it is their well-being its the responsibility of someone else. They seek a lack of government and the destruction of their institutions and organizations. We can even mention a need for anarchy.

    • #95281329
      Terry
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      Today’s non-believers of the gospel do not consider reserving time and allegiance to one true God and His word, therefore they only focus on the things of this life, which include living only for the day by eating, drinking and partying. As for the Stoics, there are people today who are self indulged in the body and refuse to challenge the mind and heart; never realizing that the body is but dust and will return to the earth. With the Cynics, there are people today who won’t believe anything other than what they can see. Instead of depending on God for their sustenance, they depended on man; and there are people in this world today that also depend on the man (government) for their livelihood.

    • #95280808
      Donna
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      Epicureans are found in those who celebrate life and seek to live it to the fullest, even if at times extreme. They were stated as those in the arts of today.

      Stoics are those who deny all forms of pleasure in an attempt to not overindulge. They are pantheists.

      Cynics are like the hippies: taking care of the body only as much as is required for survival, therefore freeing up energy to tap into the deeper spiritual aspects of life.

    • #95278298
      Kay
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      Epicurean is seen in art, theatre, compositions, meals. Stoics is seen in man’s pleasure that dims pain. Cynics are considered hippies, vagabonds and beggars.

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      Our Daily Bread
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