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Hiram Crespo

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Hiram Crespo is a freelance translator, blogger, philosopher, and author whose philosophical and opinion pieces have been featured in The Humanist, El Nuevo Día, Eidolon, Partially Examined Life, and several other publications. His book, Tending the Epicurean Garden (Humanist Press, 2014) is also available in Spanish. He contributed the Epicureanism chapter in the book How to Live a Good Life and was interviewed about his chapter in the Seize the Moment podcast.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Northeastern Illinois University with a focus on Mass Media and French. He is also fluent in Spanish and English. He lives in Chicago and edits SocietyofEpicurus.com.
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Hiram Crespo I formally adopted Epicureanism in January of 2013. As I delved deeper into the studies, I continued to be amazed by how coherent the entire philosoph…moreI formally adopted Epicureanism in January of 2013. As I delved deeper into the studies, I continued to be amazed by how coherent the entire philosophical system was, but also noticed that the main reason why I was profiting from it was, in great part, because I had access to guidance from a true Epicurean (Cassius, of newepicurean.com) who led me to good source materials, and that most sources on Epicureanism were indirect or even hostile.

Even many well-meaning sources who sought to represent the philosophy on its own terms often failed to do so, in part because of so many centuries of defamation and misuse of terms like 'hedonism' or lack of depth of understanding about crucial issues like hedonic calculus. On top of that, the works that emerge from academia are so expensive that they are out of reach for the common reader, particularly the translations and commentaries on Philodemus which over the years I've made available via my own commentaries (titled 'Reasonings') on societyofepicurus.com.

I felt that there was a need for a complete introduction to Epicureanism on its own terms by a modern, practicing Epicurean. I also felt that there was a need to modernize the doctrine in light of all the scientific research available on physics, on the science of happiness, and other fields, which either updates or vindicates the teaching. To restore Epicurus' legacy, a new conversation between past and present was needed.

I decided to submit a book proposal to Humanist Press for a book that was to be called, tentatively, "Tending the Garden" ... and the rest is history.(less)
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"Seize the Moment"

I was recently featured in the Seize the Moment podcast, where we discussed the Epicureanism chapter of How to live a good life. We discussed--among other things--hedonic calculus, the Epicurean canon, the science of happiness, the importance of friendships for happiness, and Universal Basic Income and other possible solutions to the automation of labor. Read more of this blog post »
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“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”
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Philodemus’ Method of Studying and Cultivating the Virtues
On Frankness and On Conversation
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Against Maximalism
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“Is it intelligent to make ourselves miserable while living in the past, haunted by memories while being inexorably swallowed by them? Whenever we reminisce about our past life, we are advised in our tradition to be in a state of gratefulness. Be mindful of nurturing unnecessary grief and staying stuck in old pain.”
Hiram Crespo, Tending the Epicurean Garden

“There is a distinction between going after desirable things in life and needing them for our happiness. We can go after those things with detachment, without our moods ever being affected by the results of our obligations and efforts. This is an important part of the Epicurean art of living the good life.”
Hiram Crespo, Tending the Epicurean Garden

“Ingratitude is a bad habit by which we needlessly punish ourselves. When we no longer have the things we enjoy, we miss them and long for the past, long for what is not there, long to escape. Being always mindfully unhappy and mindlessly happy is not a prudent way to live. The Epicurean must train himself to be mindfully happy.”
Hiram Crespo, Tending the Epicurean Garden

“Only the free can be frank.”
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“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“I once heard a Native American teaching story in which an elder, a grandmother, was asked what she had done to become so happy, so wise, so loved and respected.

She replied: “It’s because I know that there are two wolves in my heart, a wolf of love and a wolf of hate. And I know that everything depends on which one I feed each day.”
Rick Hanson

“The temple of the most high begins with the body which houses our life, the essence of our existence. Africans are in bondage today because they approach spirituality through religion provided by foreign invaders and conquerors. We must stop confusing religion and spirituality. Religion is a set of rules, regulations and rituals created by humans, which was suppose to help people grow spiritually. Due to human imperfection religion has become corrupt, political, divisive and a tool for power struggle. Spirituality is not theology or ideology. It is simply a way of life, pure and original as was given by the Most High of Creation. Spirituality is a network linking us to the Most High, the universe, and each other…”
Haile Selassie I

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

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