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Old 03-11-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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Well, I've found my soul means more to me than happiness, pleasure, prestige, or money. And I think happiness is overrated. Not that we don't get happy, just that it's not this thing that lasts forever and I learn from all my emotions and states.

I wouldn't do it. It matters more to me that I'm alive and on this journey.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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Happiness and pleasure are very different things. I wouldn't want to feel pleasure all the time. To me it's pleasure because you don't feel it every moment so when you do you really enjoy it. I think of pleasure as more physical - you feel pleasure from sex, from eating something really delicious, from taking a warm bubble bath...but happiness is a state of mind. It's a way of being and thinking and living your life every day.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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I'm reading a very enjoyable book called "The Geography of Bliss" by Eric Weiner. Not very far into it yet - but great so far. In the chapter I'm reading now, he talks about an experiment by Robert Nozick called the Experience Machine in which a hypothetical machine would be able to stimulate the brain in order to induce pleasure. It's perfectly safe with no chance of any kind of damage. You would, with no risk, be able to experience constant pleasure for the rest of your life.

Would you do it? Nozcik found that most people would not leading him to conclude that there is more to happiness than pleasure/more to life than pleasure. What exactly that is is harder to nail down. Do we want to achieve our happiness instead of just experience it (is that a part of what makes us "happpy"?). Do we need the ups and downs to appreciate the ups? ??????

What do you think?
I don't think a machine would work in the long run or even be desirable. Ultimately, you need at least a little bit of adversity/challenges to be happy.
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:56 PM
 
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Anyone who's experienced it know all too well that pleasure gets old, and it gets old faster and faster the more one gets.
^^This^^
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