This-essay is a7612061.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %DESIRING PLEASURE 761206 Profound human relationships bring pleasure. The deeper the relationships the greater the pleasure. It is good to enjoy such human relationships, and the pleasure they bring is much to be desired. There is nothing wrong in desiring to enjoy that pleasure, and therefore seeking to enter into profound human relationships. It is foolish, however, to seek the pleasure directly, apart from the profound human relationships. The fool who so seeks pleasure is in need of viable role-models of profound human relationships, rather than in need of restraint against foolish behavior. Often the only harm in seeking pleasure directly is that the pleasure is not profound---it not being part of a profound humane relationship. It is foolish to try to prevent goal oriented behavior which is directed toward achieving pleasure---foolish as that behavior may be. It is better to present role-models of how to give, receive, and enjoy pleasure within the context of I-Thou relationships involving the whole being of each participant. Such role- models are more helpful than laws, morals, ethics, books, or lectures. Absent such role-models the rest are impotent, if not counter-productive. The competitive achievement-oriented society may encourage people to compete in contests to achieve pleasure. Businessmen may make a profit out of promoting competitions to achieve the greatest pleasure in the shortest time. Many people may gain recognition for outstanding achievements in such competition, and thereby promote intensified competition. Thus the expectations of even the non-contestants are raised, and many people informally compete with each other in competitions to achieve the greatest pleasure. Such competitions are usually frustrating to the contestants, because the competition encourages them to seek pleasure directly, apart from profound human relationships. The competitions encourage the ascendancy of I-It relationships, rather than the deepening of I-Thou relationships. They thus undermine the meaning of even the pleasure which is achieved in the competition. The achievements thus become meaningless, and even frustrating. The goal then takes on the appearance of a mirage and the contestants begin to wonder if the goal is real and attainable. They may then drop-out of the contest, but not realize that the pleasure may be received outside the context of a contest. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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