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[hedonic treadmill] Pleasure may serve as a stimulus, but it cannot guide us toward life satisfaction

[hedonic treadmill] Pleasure may serve as a stimulus, but it cannot guide us toward life satisfaction [hedonic treadmill] Pleasure may serve as a stimulus, but it cannot guide us toward life satisfaction
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In the early 1970s, sociologists spoke about the "hedonic treadmill." This term describes a shift in the focus of our attention from what we produce and create to what we consume and desire. People on the "hedonic treadmill" expect the fulfillment of their pleasures and desires to bring them happiness and satisfaction. The more they have, the more they want. The greater the pleasure experienced, the greater the pleasure still sought.

However, like a person on an exercise treadmill, the more the speed increases — the more one acquires, the greater the pleasure one experiences — the harder it becomes to step off the treadmill, and the longer a person remains in the same place, going nowhere fast. The pursuit of pleasure for pleasure's sake can readily lead to the pursuit of more pleasure, but not to enduring, lasting, satisfying happiness and fulfillment.

In the pursuit of happiness, pleasure may serve as a stimulus, but it cannot guide us toward life satisfaction.

As the Talmudic rabbis taught, "No one leaves this world with even half of his or her desires fulfilled."

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It seems to me that we are indeed in the very explanation of human nature: humans are eternally unsatisfied beings. He gets wealth? He wants even more. He is famous? He wants power at the same time. He gets a promotion? He wants to step into his boss's shoes.

By akiradonut | 19/12/2020

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