Not long ago, I read this article from Psychology Today–“A Happiness Tip From Aristotle: Do you know the difference between pleasure vs. happiness?” by Karen Salmansohn, 2/7/2010. Here’s what she has to say.
Quickie Question: If you could live 10 years of your life in total bliss – with NO pain – but in the end, not remember any of it – would you do it? According to Aristotle – the answer should be NO.
Aristotle says true happiness comes from gaining insight and growing into your best possible self. Otherwise all you’re having is immediate gratification pleasure – which is fleeting and doesnt grow you as a person.
In a way the above scenario is a description of someone who does crack or drinks into oblivion. At the time it feels like you’re avoiding pain and seeking bliss – but in longterm you’re NOT really enjoying real life — with life’s inevitable ebbs and flows which give you needed insights and exciting experiences which grow you and let you know more about who you are and what you love and who you truly love!
That’s interesting enough for today. I will continue on the topic and Aristotle tomorrow.