Pleasure: A Distraction From Happiness - Deepstash

Pleasure: A Distraction From Happiness

  • Humans are always drawn to pleasure but it may be a selfish indulgence that does not last. 
  • Truth, rationality and wisdom are the lasting virtues that one should be after.
  • People derive pleasure in millions of different ways, some beyond our understanding.

Example: People who hate sports cannot understand why thousands are cheering in a stadium for a few men who are chasing a ball.

49 STASHED

21 LIKES

MORE IDEAS FROM THEARTICLE

  • Philosophy, by this definition, is often seen as the highest pleasure.
  • Pleasures of the mind are often harmless and pure, as they are concerned with the soul, and not the body.
  • Some view pleasure as simply an absence of pain.
  • The pleasure of learning, especially the learning of wisdom and virtues is one of the greatest pleasures of the mind.

48 STASHED

10 LIKES

Pleasure can be divided into two kinds: Body pleasure and the pleasures of the mind.

A warm bath or cold beer can be pleasures of the body, whereas feeling one with nature or fantasizing about taking revenge from your boss can be termed as pleasures of the mind.

47 STASHED

7 LIKES

The beauty of nature has been a source of pleasure for many. Nature is vast and overwhelming, full of isolation, solitude, freedom and away from the shackles of society. The pathlessness of wild trees offer a sublime escape from the world and into the unknown.

48 STASHED

11 LIKES

The subtle emotions, the great things that are only felt, and the Godly matters are the content of the mind's pleasures. The Stoics were always detesting pleasures of the body, something shared by many Christians.

The fear of death made people find ways to diminish it, adopting the understanding that when we are alive, there is no death, and when we die, life ceases to exist.

43 STASHED

5 LIKES

Pleasure cannot be defined or described, but can only be known as an experience, which is subjective and personal, like:

  1. A hot cup of coffee
  2. Volunteer work for the local church.
  3. Calling our grandmother.
  4. Looking at old pictures, feeling nostalgic.

Even trying to categorize it as a pleasant experience misses the point of what pleasure really is.

45 STASHED

13 LIKES

Deepstash helps you become inspired, wiser and productive, through bite-sized ideas from the best articles, books and videos out there.

GET THE APP:

RELATED IDEAS

Hedonism: The Reality
  • Long being associated with frivolity, mindless pleasure-seeking, gluttony and danger, hedonism was initially a fairly simple concept in ancient greek philosophy.
  • Hedonism at its very core, states that pleasure is in itself a worthwhile pursuit.
  • Pleasure is conspicuously missing from our productivity-oriented culture and is to be looked at with a new light.

147 STASHED

1 LIKE

Epicureanism vs. Stoicism

Epicureanism is the philosophy that is based from the teachings of Greek philosopher Epicurus. It denotes that pleasure is the only good there is in life. Alongside it, it mentions that the absence of pain and that living a simple life are the greatest pleasures in life.

Stoicism is a philosophy that maximizes positive feelings, reduces the negatives, and allows the individual to find their purpose to live a virtuous life.

37 STASHED

1 LIKE

Nihilism means "nothing." It is the lack of belief in meaning or substance in an area of philosophy.

  • Moral nihilism argues that moral facts cannot exist.
  • Metaphysical nihilism argues that we cannot have spiritual facts.
  • Existential nihilism is the idea that life cannot have meaning and nothing has value.

Nietzsche was not a nihilist but wrote about the dangers posed by this philosophy.

4.6K STASHED

58 LIKES