I will leave each reader to define for themselves what constitutes “inferior pleasures” for them; principles are simple, application can be complex. Yet every one of us knows that there are things we do that move us forward, that make us better, that contribute to the world being a better place. We all know there are things we do that are just “running in place”, not necessarily good or bad, except perhaps in the excess. And we ALL KNOW that there are things that hold us back, temptations and dysfunctional responses, coping mechanisms that do not serve us or the those we love so dearly.
Choices, choices. We create our tomorrows in our todays. Do as you wish, but, please, please do it with full awareness of what it is you are doing and the possible consequences. Pick up one end of the stick, pick up the other. Please do not enjoy pleasant pleasures at the extravagant cost of future pleasures. Be kind to your future self. Be your own best friend, take the advice you’d give your BFF.
“It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, is of a different opinion, it is only because they only know their own side of the question.” – John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873
“Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do.” – Albert Gray, The Common Denominator of Success
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier