Fast Sundays 29: Pleasure
Day 203/365: A long-lasting pleasure is way more rewarding than instant gratification
What is pleasure? And more importantly, why is pleasure what we make of stuff as being pleasure. If we talk about pleasure in general, we can define it by a state in which we are positively aroused by an outside stimuli or a group of stimuli.
This is what pleasure is for 99% of us. But is this pleasure the real pleasure we should embrace and really desperately try to achieve?
Not really. Material pleasures are extremely easy to come by these days. It's almost as easy as breathing. You can get food, leisure, nice stuff and sex as easy as trowing a coin in a fountain.
The hard things to achieve are long-lasting pleasures that should be searched by everyone, but instead are forgotten or ignored by the masses.
These things are all free. Yet why are they so hard to acheive in our modern and developed world?
Because we want and seek instany gratification, which are pleasures that can be achieved faster than the long-lasting ones. We want to feel great now and we do not, under any circumstances, have the time to put in some work and get a longer pleasure, one of those esentialls of life.
We want to be healthy now, to he rich, to be loved, to be peaceful, yet we are so miserable when life makes us work for these pleasures, we simply go into the smaller pleasures as a way to cope with these struggles.
But the sun that shows up after a thunderstorm shines brighter than ever.
The hug you get from your wife after a fight feels greater than ever.
The sandwich you eat after you get a tooth pulled out tastes greater than ever.
Why? Because you worked for it. And it feels right to do so. And it lasts longer, because it took you longer to get there.
Real pleasure is when you can think clearly, wait indefinitely and fast if you have nothing to eat.