This-essay is a7703241.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 ========================================================== %FEAR OF PLEASURE 770324 Life becomes deadly when people fear pleasure. Technocrats promote the fear of pleasure because pleasure tends to undermine control and predictability---unless pleasure itself is used as a means for technical manipulation. Pleasure may be used as a reward and the withholding of pleasure may be used as a punishment. If people are regarded as essentially untrustworthy, "fallen", "depraved", "selfish", etc., and at the same time pleasure is regarded as essentially a reward for being "good": then the stage is set for real dilemmas. People who accept judgments of human un-trustworthiness, and pleasure as reward, cannot accept pleasure without guilt---for to accept it without deserving, it is to take that which does not belong to you, to steal. This inability to accept pleasure is accentuated if the society revolves around possessions, ownership, and laws against violating exclusive rights. The fear of pleasure becomes an ultimate fear ---when religious teachings create a god who is in charge of rewarding those who conform to the moral teachings of the scribes and pharisees. Such teachings often picture pleasure as an ultimate reward, to be granted only to those who are ultimately saved at the last judgment. Technocrats who promote this picture thus successfully postpone for themselves and others the problem/dilemma of coping with the pleasures which they fear. Their method of coping promotes fear of pleasure which is the focus of the problem/dilemma. Thus they successfully promote the need for their method of coping, and confirm its utility; while successfully avoiding the pleasure which they fear. Such success gives them technical pleasures. When all pleasure (which is feared) is postponed until the last judgment, the last judgment becomes an ultimately fearful occasion which cannot be contemplated with equanimity. On contemplating that occasion the technocrat experiences a double-bind: (1) He should desire to be found among the "good", (2) He fears the pleasure promised to the "good". As a result, he cannot imagine what it would be like to live in the heaven which is promised for the "good"---because he has refused to accept pleasure without guilt in the eternal now, choosing instead to work on achieving acceptability. Thus technocrats forever live in hell. (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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