We all seek them, don’t we? Moments of gratification, satisfaction, contentment. Unless we’ve been brainwashed, we seek pleasure over pain. That’s a reasonable assumption. Pleasure is good. Pain not so good.
But pain, pleasure’s counter balance, is inevitable and part of life. Still, we don’t actively seek to suffer. Pleasure is our default objective. Most of us will agree that life is better if our accumulation of pleasure moments exceeds those of pain. We therefore actively endeavor to try and maximize our pleasure margin.
While some even mistake pain for pleasure, seeking comfort in a mirage doesn’t work. And though we may live a large part of our lives in the grey area in the middle, our day-to-day is unconsciously filled with a desire for pleasure moments — whatever form those moments take.
It could be said then, that before checking out, life is a journey of accumulating as many pleasurable moments as possible. If that’s the case, a worthy aspiration could be, while subconsciously collecting spats of pleasure, to do so without causing pain to others, including our planet and other living creatures.
What else could there be?