As young adults we are caught between living for pleasure and contributing to society. These two goals are often mutually exclusive. My being a responsible working adult seems to always be getting in the way of my having pleasure.
Why do I have to contribute to society? Why cant i just live for pleasure? Some people make you feel guilty for that. I explain to them that my life goal is to maximize pleasure and minimize suffering aka hedonsim. Hedonism has a bad connotation. Hedonism just agrues that pleasure is the only intrinsic good. Pleasure is the ultimate goal of any species. It should be anyway. It is the point of all this. What is the point of progression in civilization if it isn’t progressing our pleasure?
My parents dont get it. They come from a culture where you lived a subsistence level lifestyle. Pleasures were minimal and work was always available. Life was hard. They feel guilty about having abundant amounts of fun. They try to make me feel guilty for it also. Medical school is their brand of contributing to society and making them look good. If I could find a way to be happy being a slacker that works a minimum wage job then i would do that. Society can find some one else to contribute to it. Just as long as i pay my taxes I am good. I don’t have to be a Ben Carson.
We have been programmed to view pleasure as dirty. Especially “excessive” amounts of it. People tell you to “grow up” or “act responsible”. If i could live my whole live just having fun i would. If school was not a necessity to make a decent living would people still do it? If they could live for pleasure and skip the college, grad school and work part?
Most of the time I am for hedonism. Then i remember how empty I would feel if I never left my mark on the world. Would I feel empty?? I don’t know. Most people don’t know either.