Has anyone described etc. Ataraxia from not asking needless questions? I am most familiar with the idea of ataraxy from Epicurus

if one is frightened by the empty name of death, the fear will persist since we must all eventually die. This fear is one source of perturbation (tarakhê), and is a worse curse than physical pain itself; the absence of such fear is ataraxy, lack of perturbation, and ataraxy, together with freedom from physical pain, is one way of specifying the goal of life, for Epicurus.


Is there anything analogous in the calmness of knowing when a question should have been asked or should be asked? Quite how anyone can know what a good question is, I'm not sure. But that's not the question.

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    I guess you're about to find out if this question should have been asked.
    – Scott Rowe
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 16:03
  • well, i don't think not evoking an (easy) answer means something is a bad question, though YMMV @ScottRowe
    – user62946
    Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 17:58
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    As Epicurus already hinted ataraxia is not inconsistent or incompatible with physical pain thus if asking needless questions caused you pain nonetheless you could still be in ataraxia like the always skeptic Pyrrho's epoche if not like Epicurus. OTOH contrary to Epicurus' ideal practically speaking pain is unavoidable and even beneficial as biological self-defense mechanisms. Having said all that your perceived or conceived ataraxia is extremely subtle and hard to not to be affected by pains caused by various confusions and stuckedness from your own queried and motivated needless questions... Commented Oct 10, 2022 at 22:33
  • My brain is refusing to parse this question. Does the "etc." apply to "described?" My brain will thank you.
    – user62966
    Commented Oct 19, 2022 at 1:15


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