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Name this philosopher
    #11327247 - 10/26/09 10:05 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

So I was watching the history channel like 6 months ago and it was talking about some philosopher... He taught doing almost nothing was the best way to achieve happiness.  After some time, a Greek/Roman (not really sure... assuming Greek) leader found him.  Being impressed by the man, the leader offered him anything he wanted.  The man replied, "Step aside, you're blocking the light."

Anyone know the name of this guy?  Sadly, this is all I know about him and google has been unhelpful.


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: All We Perceive]
    #11327286 - 10/26/09 10:11 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Couchus Potatous


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: All We Perceive]
    #11327297 - 10/26/09 10:12 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Doing nothing??

So sitting in a chair and staring at a wall will make you happy?


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: Band of Gypsys]
    #11327303 - 10/26/09 10:13 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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Couchus Potatous




haha. :yesnod:


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: BrainChemistry]
    #11327316 - 10/26/09 10:14 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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Doing nothing??

So sitting in a chair and staring at a wall will make you happy?




Yeah, that was supposedly it exactly.  The idea was to not go after any sort of wealth what-so-ever and just chill.  Now that i'm talking about it, kind of like lots of other cats. :justdontknow:


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: Band of Gypsys]
    #11327339 - 10/26/09 10:17 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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Couchus Potatous




Smart-ass remarks are frowned upon in this forum. Well... you are almost a regular, so OK! :cool:


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #11327353 - 10/26/09 10:19 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Fiber is the key.


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: All We Perceive]
    #11327365 - 10/26/09 10:20 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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BrainChemistry said:
Doing nothing??

So sitting in a chair and staring at a wall will make you happy?




Yeah, that was supposedly it exactly.  The idea was to not go after any sort of wealth what-so-ever and just chill.  Now that i'm talking about it, kind of like lots of other cats. :justdontknow:




Then really what he means is to rid yourself of all Earthly desires so that you don't even want to be happy....


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: Band of Gypsys]
    #11327373 - 10/26/09 10:20 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

story sounds fimiliar but I dunno


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: BrainChemistry]
    #11327390 - 10/26/09 10:23 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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Then really what he means is to rid yourself of all Earthly desires so that you don't even want to be happy....




Can't I just keep my stable of fast cars and fast women?


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #11327419 - 10/26/09 10:25 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

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Then really what he means is to rid yourself of all Earthly desires so that you don't even want to be happy....




That person sounds familiar.


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: Band of Gypsys]
    #11327495 - 10/26/09 10:34 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

All good Gurus will tell you to get rid of your material wealth - and hell, they might as well take that heavy burden off of your hands.


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: BrainChemistry]
    #11327509 - 10/26/09 10:35 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

No... I don't think he was going for some buddha thing.  His philosophy seemed to promote giving up any sort of ambitions FOR being happy.  The object of happiness seemed to be the end.


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: OrgoneConclusion]
    #11327513 - 10/26/09 10:36 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I am not really interested in his philosophy.  I just want some more information on this alleged conversation between him and the Greek/Roman leader.


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: All We Perceive]
    #11327519 - 10/26/09 10:37 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

One of the stoics?


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: andrewss]
    #11327589 - 10/26/09 10:45 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

I believe so.  I want to say he was diogenes ... but not really sure.  Might be getting that mixed up with the band diocious.  Lol


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: All We Perceive]
    #11331692 - 10/27/09 03:27 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

DIOGENES

“I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give”

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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: Ahimsa]
    #11334179 - 10/27/09 09:42 PM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Diogenes was also famous for publicly masturbating in the Agora, as a way to show his contempt for public opinion.  Afterwords, he said to a shocked crowd: "If only I could soothe my hunger by rubbing my belly."


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Re: Name this philosopher [Re: All We Perceive]
    #11343309 - 10/29/09 03:54 AM (7 years, 11 months ago)

Bob, the butcher.


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