Category Archives: Philosophy

Hedonism and marriage

Hedonists devote their lives to pleasure so their choices are predetermined. If it isn’t pleasurable: avoid. Choices can be imprecise. Are known bachelor pleasures better than future pleasures in marriage? Marriage is a gamble. Many marriages end unhappily and divorcees … Continue reading

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Hedonism and addiction

Addiction occurs when a pleasurable activity becomes uncontrollable. Crack cocaine is pleasant but is difficult to control. Likewise alcohol, sugary food, fast driving, nicotine, gambling or even, getting rich. The law of diminishing returns elegantly explains why hedonists aren’t addicts. … Continue reading

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Hedonism and sadism

British media is strongly sadistic. Hedonists with sadistic tendencies approve of this bias in the media. Sadism spills over into police procedural novels, which feature ingenious horrors. TV sometimes has news items, which are introduced with ‘some scenes may upset … Continue reading

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John Muir’s religious environmentalism and the Yosemite National Park

John Muir is a towering figure in American environmental history. He was a geologist, botanist, mountaineer, journalist, author, confidant of Presidents and industrial leaders, co-founder of the Sierra Club and much more. His opinions were eagerly sought and often acted … Continue reading

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Hedonism and gambling

Hedonists want to win. They really want to win. Losing isn’t fun making you unhappy, resentful and unpleasant. Hedonists like easy money but not losing, which is the central problem in gambling as it often involves losing. Obviously hedonists can … Continue reading

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Hedonists are adults

Adults make decisions and take the consequences. Everyone does stupid things and sometimes they’re really stupid. Hedonists don’t whine about bad luck. They know they fouled up. Even if they followed advice it’s still their decision and they accept ownership. … Continue reading

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Hedonists don’t worry

Worrying causes unhappiness. Doing something stupid, offensive, crass or whatever will probably fill you with regrets but it’s too late. Why worry? The damage has been done. What’s worse than this is people who worry about future events. Events which … Continue reading

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