Epicurus taught that once we realizethat everything is made of atoms and void, we conclude that we too as human beings - including our minds and consciousness - are made of atoms and void as well.
This means that our consciousness - that which we think makes us “us” - is a property of matter that cannot exist outside our bodies any more than anything else
Recognize that the fear of hell is dispelled by the study of nature.
Mind is a part of man’s makeup just like hands, feet, and eyes.
Mind and spirit are, like everything else, material in nature.
Prudence in choosing and avoiding our actions in life can dispel many of the harmful elements of our nature and allow us to live lives worthy of the gods.
Mind and body are born and age together.
Mind perishes with the body.
We only have one life to live.
Death is a state of nothingness to us.
There are many ways to think about death to help us realize that the end of life is not a matter for despair.
If we aren’t going to be judged at the end of our lives and sent to heaven or hell according to our actions, then what does that leave us as motivation for how to live? Should we pursue being a “good person” or “virtue” as an end in itself? That’s the question for Day Five.