Epicurus lived in Samos, in Greece, in the 3rd and 4th Century BC. His philosophy of life, in its simplest form, boiled down to this:
In order to best honor this life, in order to best live a good life, one minimizes pain and fear and maximizes joy, love and friendship. It turns out, according to Epicurus, that one excellent way to maximize the amount of joy and love in one's life is to cultivate friendships. And about friendship, Epicurus wrote:
"It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us."
This has been a particularly complex and difficult year for me. But were it not for the confident knowledge that my friends would help me if I needed it, 2008 would have been a very bad year for me. But because of that confident knowledge that I have, 2008 turns out to be a very good year for me, despite all that has passed.
Having thought about this, it turns out that my resolution for 2009 and my wish for all Fermentation readers is the same.
THAT MORE FRIENDSHIPS ARE CULTIVATED.
Happy New Year