I’m not seeking for pleasure

I want to be happy. Don’t we all want to be happy? I believe we do.

 

Even most people say this themselves, they don’t act like they would. There is so much self-sabotaging going on every day. Self-destructive behavior is quite normal nowadays. Furthermore, most people looking for pleasure, not for happiness.

 

There is nothing wrong with this but is it going to make you happy? I don’t think so.

 

Aren’t you experiencing pleasure just for a short moment? Something is happening and as a reaction, you feel pleasure. Just for a limited time. As we all know there are plenty ways to experience pleasure. Eating, social acceptance, sex, experiencing something exciting etc.

 

I still think these feelings are good and enjoyable. However, they will always leave you unsatisfied. Leave you wanting more.

 

I once read about an experiment where they stimulated a certain point of the pressure centrum in the brain of a chimpanzee. Furthermore, they gave him the control to stimulate himself by pressing a bottom. The result? The chimpanzee was spending all day long pressing this bottom experiencing pleasure. By that I mean, all the time. He didn’t move, eat or drink. Eventually, he was completely exhausted and fall into sleep. As soon as he awakes he continues. If you let him he would die this way. Killing himself.

 

I wonder how many people are actually acting this way. Sure, they don’t have a bottom, therefore, they don’t forget to eat and drink. Still there life is all about finding pleasure.

 

You can have a lot of pleasure in your life and still be unhappy.

 

Don’t get me wrong I love pleasure and joy. I don’t want to miss these feelings. However, we should see them for what they are — and what not. 

 

 

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

— Michael Altshuler