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Oct. 12th, 2005 | 01:12 am

I was reading more of Authentic Happiness and found a distinction he made interesting with respect to the whole aristotelian/christian tradition. He made a distinction between "pleasures" and "gratifications". Pleasures tend to be created by straightforward sense experiences, "Gratifications" are exercising "personal strengths and virtues". Excelling at a challenging task would be a gratification, doing the "right thing" is a gratification,

The interesting thing is he pointed out that in english it's easy for us to confuse the two classes of thing, because we like both pleasures and gratifications.

I grew up with the idea that pleasure was bad because it "distracted oneself from the pure pursuits of the mind", what I realized was the point that whatever religious philosophical tradition I was picking up was not that pleasure is bad, but that things that you worked to develop are far longer lasting.

Due to the way our bodies work we rapidly acclimate to a particular pleasure, whereas one the positive experience one has of challenging ones personal strengths doesn't dissipate as you keep doing it.

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from: musicwomyn
date: Oct. 12th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)

That's the beauty of conditioning and the fact that we can re-wire anytime we want.

I think it's also important to look at the differences between physical gratifications and pleasures as compared to spiritual, emotional, and psychological gratifications and pleasures.

The book sounds interesting

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from: dilinger
date: Oct. 12th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)

So is bondage a pleasure or a gratification?

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Re: bondage

from: alienghic
date: Oct. 12th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)

I'd guess it's a pleasure for the bottom and a gratification for the top.

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