I love this concept, Julia Clavien! I’ve heard about people doing “digital detox” which can be similar to a hedonic reset if one relies on technology too much. But consciously abstaining from conveniences and pleasures to appreciate them more is a better frame.
Although the hedonistic reset is a powerful tool which is used by wise people around the globe, to connect with simplicity in our lives, I am afraid it just feels a little bit untrue to the much deeper message the Stoic philosophers left for us.
In the words of Marcus Aurelius: “To what then, must we aspire? This, and this…
O gal, this is why I am endlessly curious and contented at the same time. Brilliantly put, what with Seneca thrown in. Bravo!!
PS. is the reset a bit like savoring the enjoyment longer so that it imprints on the brain and generates further satisfaction? I think I read that somewhere….
Great read Julia, possibly the next trend for inner-city-hipster-millennials 😆 (is there a book in the wings?).
Laughs aside, I agree wholeheartedly with your point, in our world of run-away excess we as a society have found ourselves lost in mass consumerism with little meaning to show for it.
Reset daily I say.
I am not an extremely religious person, but I am somewhat practicing my religion/worldview. One day a year, in fact for a bit more than 24 hours we disconnect from life pleasures (food, water, sexual relationships, wearing leather shoes, applying body moisturizers and perfume, we turn off our cellphones, computer, Internet, we don’t turn on/off light…