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Hedonism 101

Okay first of all for those who dont know; Hedonism is a school of thought associated with the greek philosopher Epicurus. Epicurus believed pleasure was the greatest good. He wrote in his Letter to Menoeceus, “Pleasure is the starting-point and goal of living blessedly.” He also wrote that “pleasure is our first innate good.” However, Epicurus was not a fan of most of the activities commonly associated with pleasure. Constant partying, alcohol, sex, and even food would not have counted as pleasant for him. Thus, to understand Epicurus’s hedonism, it is necessary to understand what he meant by “pleasure.” Pleasure is the absence of pain. Epicurus wrote that ‘pleasure is the starting point of a blessed life, and he wrote that a blessed life is, “health of the body and the freedom of the soul from disturbance.” Thus, anything that promotes health and limits disturbance of the soul is blessed, and anything that disrupts health or disturbs the soul is pain. Pleasure is, for Epicurus, simply getting rid of unhealthy things and disturbing things. In other words, pleasure simply is the absence of pain, no more, no less. The word ‘HEDONIST’ has been subjected to sooo many interpretations and misunderstandings.People hear the word and think of things like gluttony and immorality.

A friend of mine even said it sounded like something you would call a satan worshipper.lmao! Ok lets face the truth shall we? At some level or the other, we are all hedonists.Every fuckin one of us. And by ‘us’ i mean sane adults who make decisions in our daily lives.We may not all consiously and actively pursue hedonism, but we all make decisions in our daily lives that maximize pleasure and minimize pain. Some of us just have a better time doing it:)). For example you give money to a beggar on the streets, you may fool yourself into thinking you’re being selfless but the truth is you are benefitting something from that gesture;the act itself makes you ‘feel good’, you benefit self-satisfaction.Face it!you’re a hedonist. The only difference between us is that i ‘actively’ seek pleasure. You could call me a ‘conscious hedonist’ i seek pleasure actively and try as much as possible to minimize pain for myself and anyone else.I dont hide behind a mask of ethics, religion or some ol bullshit, I please myself:)) Though this may make me seem selfish at times, fortunately the things that bring me pleasure generally bring pleasure to most people,well except the sadists, puritans, religious fanatics,pessimists and a host of those ‘types’ i dont give a flying fart about. Most times its not even about mere transient passive pleasures like sex and chocolate(although those are veryyyy important), achievements and personal fulfillment are also pleasures i pursue actively,these are pleasures that are deeper and more enduring and which i have devoted my life to pursuing. Cos if you really break it down, who enjoys displeasure?(i’m talkin bout sane people here). So i enjoy life….shoot me! You should too, it’ll end soon enough. Actively seek nourishment of your body and soul, indulge your senses when you can.Dont just eat, breathe,work and sleep,enjoy every second of it. But if u cant bring out the hedonist in you, its ok to live vicariously through me:)))


About thehedonisticnigerian

She's fond of Chocolates,Coffee,Books,Neosoul,Jazz,Art(visual&performing),Writing,Nigerian culture,natural hair, nutella and alcohol among other things. She seeks and finds pleasure in not so obvious places and likes to look people in the eyes till they look away.Her behaviour sometimes resembles that of a decadent roman noblewoman and sometimes,a Lagos tout.

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