Unnatural and unnecessary desires

Some desires are (1) natural and necessary, others (2) natural but not necessary, still others (3) neither natural nor necessary but generated by senseless whims.

– Epicurus, Vatican Aphorisms via The Art of Happiness

To be a classical Epicurean is to become an expert on your wants and desires and only pursuing those that truly bring pleasure.

Friendship is natural and necessary. Very few can live as hermits.

Food is natural and necessary. Eating at the best restaurant is not necessary.

That Apple Watch I’ve been eyeballing is neither natural nor necessary.

Be discerning in which desires you choose to meet.