fialaIn his most recent column for The Fresno Bee, Philosophy Department Chairman Andrew Fiala, writes that we all need to clear our heads from the ugly political discourse of this election season:

History discloses a political world that stinks to high heaven. That’s why the world’s religious and philosophical traditions have often taught us to avoid it.

Socrates thought politics damaged the soul. …The Epicurean philosophers of ancient Greece advised us to avoid politics entirely. True happiness, they argued, is found in good health and in the private company of good friends.