On pleasure 4
The art of living is the art of cultivating the right pleasures.
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Take any of your pleasures.
Will you remember it tomorrow? In a week? Ever?
Does it persistently change something about you for the better?
What if you had never done it? Would you have missed anything?
What if you never did it again? What would you miss?”
“Do all pleasures need to be useful?”
“They don’t, of course.
What I’m saying is, unlike the rest, useful pleasures compound [<link; short read].
Pleasures are not fate. They’re merely habits – persistent patterns of being. Habits can be cultivated and changed.
What if you only cultivated useful pleasures?
What if you changed all pleasures for useful pleasures?
Who could you become?“