Meditation for Wednesday of Week 09 in the season of Sowing:   

Pleasure

  • . . . pleasure is the starting point and goal of living blessedly. For we recognized this as our first innate good.” [Epicurus, Letter to Menoeceus.]
  • It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly. Whenever any one of these is lacking, when, for instance, the man is not able to live wisely, though he lives honorably and justly, it is impossible for him to live a pleasant life.” [Epicurus, Principal Doctrines.]

Wassily Kandinsky, Volga Song (1906)

All else being equal, people prefer pleasure over pain. This is not to say that people will not endure pain or even seek it for an end they consider more important but seen in the long term, their preference still is for pleasure, since sacrifice is intended to make happiness possible for others or at a time in the future.

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REAL

True Narratives

Liz Phair's review of Keith Richards' autobiography for The New York Times begins by calling him "a global avatar of wish fulfillment for over four decades and managed to eke more waking hours out of a 24-hour day than perhaps any other creature alive . . ." He may not be some people's ideal of an ethical role model but surely this Rolling Stones guitarist illustrates enjoying life in the fast lane.
  • Keith Richards, Life (Little, Brown and Company, 2010).
To study the history of pleasure one could study the history and philosophy of Epicureanism. Or one could study the pursuit of pleasure in its various forms. Many people take great pleasure in something simple. It may be a curio or a work of art.

Technical and Analytical Readings

  • In Epicurus' time (341-270 B.C.E.), philosophy was considered to be the technical study of a matter. Epicurus' philosophy of pleasure

Imaginary

Visual Arts

Michelangelo Buonarrotti, Bacchus (1497)

Music: Composers, artists, and major works

Telemann, Tafelmusik: Georg Philipp Telemann wrote this music for the dinner table. It consists of eighteen chamber pieces for various combinations of instruments, organized into three productions. The tenor of the music suggests the pleasures of dining.

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Grid into the Creative Forces

  GLOBAL SELF-WORTH DIGNITY CREATIVE FORCES THOUGHT SELF-CONFIDENCE REASON/WISDOM  TRUTH EMOTION SELF-ESTEEM CARING/EMPATHY  LOVE ACTION SELF-COMPETENCE COURAGE/SERVICE/GENEROSITY  FAITH    
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Grid Omnibus

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Journals

Virtual libraries (enter sites from this site)    
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Anxiety

   
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Propaganda

Propaganda is information of a biased or misleading nature, or misinformation, used to promote a cause or point of view. It is usually disseminated by someone seeking to promote a self-interest without regard to the whole, and therefore fits within Niebuhr’s definition of evil. As the means of disseminating information
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Intolerance


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Extremism


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Static – Dynamic

In relation to the self: Habits and Practices (static) – Change (dynamic) In relation to others, near and intimate relationships: Tradition (static) – Challenging Conventions (dynamic) In relation to others, near and intimate relationships: Social Norms (static) – Challenging Conventions
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Space and Time

To everything there is a season . . . Humility – Assertiveness Modesty – Drive Skepticism – Advocacy Forbearing – Viligance Patience – Urgency Equanimity – Desire Order – Revolution Stability – Change Freedom – Responsibility Risking – Prudence Beginning – Ending Growing – Declining Arriving Leaving Holding On –
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Deferential Values in Relation to Other People

DEFERENTIAL VALUES in Relation to Other People (Week 6) GLOBAL EMOTION THOUGHT ACTION  VALUE CONVICTION ATTITUDE Avoiding Harm Non-malevolence Acknowleding the Other’s Humanity Restraining Fairness Common Ground Tolerance  
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