“I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.”
Epicurus was a philosopher from the area now known as Greece. These days -- if you're not (re?)discovering your own culture by reading folk lore and fairy tales -- you may want to read philosophy in stead. As philosophy deals with "the universal" you do not need to read philosophers from your own culture first and foremost. However, philosophy from your own culture may be more relevant to you and easier for you to understand.
Here's a tale from The Grimm Brothers collection. Warning: This tale is from the time of legal parental corporal punishment:
The Stubborn ChildOnce upon a time there was a stubborn child who never did what its mother told it to do. The dear Lord, therefore, did not look kindly upon it, and let the child become sick. No doctor could cure the child and in a short time it lay on its deathbed. After the child was lowered into its grave and covered over with earth, one of its little arms suddenly emerged and reached up into the air. They pushed it back down and covered the earth with fresh earth, but that did not help. The little arm kept popping out. So the child’s mother had to go to the grave herself and smack the little arm with a switch. After she had done that, the arm withdrew, and then, for the first time, the child had peace beneath the earth.
(*) Translation edited to remove gender-specifics as the original story featured "a child" of non-specific gender. Source
Now that the hamster wheel has slowed down a little it is a good time to read old tales. Emphasis on "Read" (reading aloud to others is OK: video or podcast etc is not okay). Please find some genuinely old ones and please, please, please do not even think "Disney". Oh, and do read those tales that belong to your own culture first. This is very important to those of other cultural backgrounds than you - and should be important to you as well. More Grimm tales here.
This knife is modelled after a (locally) well-known utility knife found by Archaeologists. Read on for information about this knife...
Other: stone cutting / engraving:
This is part of a large stone engraving, intended to become a Guiness Book of Records candidate. Read on...
Other: objet trouvé/installation/land art:
The pattern used here is most likely at least 1,000 years old.