Saturday, February 28, 2009

Satisfaction vs Pleasure

Pleasure is fickle. Pleasure is fleeting. It sure feels good, but it always leaves behind relative normality that feels like a void by comparison. The void, of course, needs more pleasure to be filled. A life without pleasure is dismal. But a life of seeking pleasure for its own sake is vapid and shallow.

Satisfaction is much more enduring. Satisfaction is an emotion that captures the unique meaning of an activity. Satisfaction includes a dimension of action. You very well may find pleasure by accident, but satisfaction arises from the conscious decision to do something. A sense of satisfaction is created when meaningful action meets a compelling challenge.

By the way, having obligatory sex may be a pleasure, but having lustful sex is realizing true satisfaction.

What in life brings you mere pleasure, and what in life allows you supreme satisfaction?


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