I hear I’m a hedonist


Yep I never knew what a hedonist was before but I have been informed from the girls at work that I am one. I don’t remember ever hearing the actual word before. The name comes from the Greek word for “delight”. Apparently it’s not really something to brag about. But I can’t help it. I’m one of those that loves to be pampered or pleasured, not so in a sexual way just in general. The actual definition is….a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life; a pleasure-seeker. Or a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. Wait, is that the same thing?


Yes, I would probably go to great lengths to get a pedicure, a massage, my head shampooed, fingernails painted, facial or anything resulting in pleasure. Yes,  I’m all about me. I’m all about pleasure or relaxation and pampering, yes yes yes yes. Is that something to be ashamed of? I’m not sure but I know it’s how I feel. Are there others out there like me or am I all alone? Wikipedia states that Ethical hedonism is the idea that all people have the right to do everything in their power to achieve the greatest amount of pleasure possible to them, assuming that their actions do not infringe on the equal rights of others. It is also the idea that every person’s pleasure should far surpass their amount of pain. Ethical hedonism is said to have been started by some dude named Aristippus of Cyrene, a student of Socrates. He held the idea that pleasure is the highest good.


All hedonistic theories identify pleasure and pain as the only important elements of whatever phenomena they are designed to describe.  If hedonistic theories identified pleasure and pain as merely two important elements, instead of the only important elements of what they are describing, then they would not be nearly as unpopular as they all are. However, the claim that pleasure and pain are the only things of ultimate importance is what makes hedonism distinctive and philosophically interesting. This is the serious part that I am not exactly sure of. Do I feel pleasure and pain are the ONLY things that matter? Probably not. But I do still love massages. According to non-philosophers, a stereotypical hedonist is someone who never misses an opportunity to indulge of the pleasures of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, even if the indulgences are likely to lead to relationship problems, health problems, regrets, or sadness for themselves or others. I’m close but maybe not that extreme.


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