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Pleasure

Pleasure

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Published by Rakesh M Hallen
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Pleasure

Almost everyone seeks pleasure. But, does everyone know what indeed it is? According to the article in wikipedia about Pleasure: Pleasure describes the broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking. It includes more specific mental states such as happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria. In psychology, the pleasure principle describes pleasure as a positive feedback mechanism, motivating the organism to recreate in the future the situation which it has just found pleasurable. According to this theory, organisms are similarly motivated to avoid situations that have caused pain in the past. It is a subjective experience not objective. I do not think, it sums it up. Many thinkers have said a lot about it. If one searches the Net about quotations about it, one is likely to be inundated by the results, as I was. Some of them gives one a pleasure to read and some fail to. Here are a few examples that gave me this pleasure: Pleasure is an affection of the soul, and each man takes pleasure in that which he is said to love--he who loves horses in horses, he who loves sight-seeing in sight-seeing, and in the same way he who loves justice in acts of justice, and generally the lover of excellence or virtue in virtuous acts or the manifestation of excellence. ARISTOTLE, in Nicomachean Ethics Pleasure is the structure of society. From childhood until death we are secretly, cunningly or obviously pursuing pleasure. So whatever our form of pleasure is, I think we should be very clear about it because it is going to guide and shape our lives. It is therefore important for each one of us to investigate closely, hesitantly and delicately this question of pleasure, for to find pleasure, and then nourish and sustain it, is a basic demand of life and without it existence becomes dull, stupid, lonely and meaningless. JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, in Freedom from the Known Each one gets pleasure in different situations, sometimes it is physical and sometimes mental. Something

can give pleasure to someone, not another. One of my 'friends' on FaceBook Ashok Kumar recently said: “ Consider the capacity of the human body for pleasure. Sometimes, it is pleasant to eat, to drink, to see, to touch, to smell, to hear, to make love. The mouth. The eyes. The fingertips, The nose. The ears. The genitals. Our voluptific faculties are not exclusively concentrated here. The whole body is susceptible to pleasure, but in places there are wells from which it may be drawn up in greater quantity. ....and we all know it very well." It triggered my thinking faculty, because it gives me pleasure to think. Sometimes we associate pleasure with pain. Pleasure entails happiness but pain? Lewis F. Korn is quoted to have opined: Pleasure and pain seem to have been accidentally cast in the same mold. And Jane Austin: “...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.” Anyway, it has given me some pleasure to compile these thoughts in this essay!! Rakesh Mohan Hallen

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