Sunday, July 21, 2013
What is our reason d'etre?
The hedonists were right, from the start; Their ethics were founded on the belief that we are here to seek pleasure. When faced with a moral dilemma, the question we should employ is 'which path would bring the most joy?' Most people can't get past the apparent selfishness of everyone suiting themselves. Many fear that if everyone was encouraged to seek pleasure, society would become a boundless rampage. However it wouldn't. Try it consciously! In the old paradigm, we were polarized between motivations of victim and perpetrator. If someone wanted more money or even affection, they would either sink into dissatisfaction at not being able to get any or go and get it, regardless of whose it was or how they might come by it - including earning, taking, gambling or payback. With awareness of our connection to everyone else, though, everyone benefits. Any bit of happiness you feel will be rolling out as happiness for everyone around you. Guaranteed!