Thursday, January 21, 2016

Fear and No Fear

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” ~ Harun Yahya

That is an interesting quote. I often have wondered why people live in freezing temperatures or stay in a desert where there is no food. 

Why is it that people resist change so much? Have they become accustomed to it? Are they comfortable? Certainly not if they are freezing or unable to eat. Do they have family they don't want to leave? What is it?

I think usually the answer is simple. People just don't like change. Maybe to them change means time passing and time passing leads to death. Change = Death. One can see how that might be what they subconsciously are thinking. But really, the opposite is true.  

For change is Life. We change every moment. It is impossible not to change. So the question then becomes, "How much would you like to change?" Some might say very little. Others may say a lot.  

There is also the fear that if one changes too much their new change may be worse than their old circumstances. So fear may play into this as well. However, is that really the way one wants to live Life? How can we make Life more livable and more pleasurable? 

Here is the best way:

There are only two basic conditions in Life: Fear and no fear.

A condition is a state of being. If you think about it a while you will find you are in one condition or the other. If you have any fear present you are not in the condition of "no fear." As long as you have any fear present you have less pleasure in Life to that degree.

Since subscribing to this view of things, it has made all the difference in the pleasure level in my life. "No fear" is the only way to live a completely pleasurable life. 

There are infinite things that cause people to be in a condition of fear: they can't pay their bills, they might lose their job, they might have a car accident, worrying about their children, dreading their own death or a loved one's death, etc. 

They are afraid of being harmed. But in truth, you can't ever really be harmed. One need only read the thousands of firsthand accounts of NDEs (near death experiences) to see that one survives no matter what happens to their body. There is too much evidence extant that one does not die off when the body dies so what really do they have to fear? Whether you believe you go to Heaven, Paradise, or come back to live again doesn't matter. You survive death.

Therefore, the only people with a valid fear are the atheists. Atheists believe that one life is all you get. Once you're dead, you're dead. 

If they thought about it long enough they would realize that they have to disavow their own basic tenets of the physical universe to actually think that way. The universe is based on circles and spirals. It is based on renewal and revolving and evolving. 

So how they think that consciousness is linear with a beginning and an ending and doesn't follow the same rules of the physical universe is a mystery. 

To sum it up, Life should not be a fearful activity for most people. It should be an adventure. One must purposely live it to get the most out of it and feel every moment. Feel love, joy, pain, sorrow, and all the rest. Relish every moment. Then you are really living. Be grateful for it all. This is the best way to live. 

If you want to move to Italy or buy a winery in Argentina or scale Mt. Everest nothing should hold you back. Things cost money certainly. But they are not unobtainable. One can plan and stick to it if one wants something bad enough. Or don't. It is up to you.

Do your life the way you want to do your life. It is your canvas. If you don't like the picture you're painting throw the canvas out and start painting a new picture. What is the worst thing that could happen to you? Bankruptcy? Death? Pffft. Why worry about anything? Experience it. Feel the moment.  

I can assure you of one thing: We survive death. Even the atheists.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What is the Pleasure Philosophy?

In answer to the question above let us consult Ms. Merriam-Webster. 

Definition of pleasure: a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, satisfaction, or a pleasant feeling, or: an activity that is done for enjoyment, or: something or someone that causes a feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction.

Definition of philosophy: the study of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, or: a particular set of ideas about knowledge, truth, the nature and meaning of life, etc., or: a set of ideas about how to do something or how to live.

Therefore a Pleasure Philosophy would be a set of ideas or knowledge on how to obtain happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction. This is what this blog intends to be about.

What do we know about pleasure? We know only two things about pleasure:
1) Pleasure is something that is known only to oneself. In other words, only you really know what is pleasurable to you.

2) Each human being strives to obtain pleasure and what is pleasurable to each person is as varied as there are people on Earth.
You may have things you find pleasurable that other people don't find pleasurable at all (or may even find them painful) and vice versa. Some things you find pleasurable you may not even admit to. If you and your spouse or friends find certain things pleasurable then you have something that you can share together and have a pleasurable time.
There are many ways to experience pleasure but the most important tools in experiencing pleasure are a person's body and mind. One person's body can experience pleasure differently than another person's body. Just like one person's mind may experience pleasure differently than another person's mind.
Example: One person may like tequila and another person may find tequila one of the most revolting liquids ever invented. Basically, there are four ways of experiencing anything. Let's explore them using tequila.

1) Tequila tastes good. As in, this tequila smells like vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch with floral undertones. The taste is soft, buttery and sweet with bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel.
2) Tequila tastes bad. It smells and tastes like rotten vegetables.

3) Tequila gives one a feeling of well-being and makes one feel extremely relaxed. Two shots provide a somewhat natural way to relax and also help one sleep the whole night through.
4) Tequila makes one feel terrible. Too much tequila gives one a feeling that it is okay to take one's clothes off and have sex with a complete stranger or strangers. Plus, the next morning one has no idea that this has occurred along with a splitting headache.

Now at first glance it may appear that examples (1) and (3) are pleasurable and examples (2) and (4) are unpleasurable and/or even painful. But that is a limited viewpoint as pleasure is a personal thing and some people may find the taste of rotten vegetables delightful while still others may find losing their inhibitions and having sex with complete strangers something to talk about as the "best time I ever had."
Let us not be judgmental. Nobody likes to be judged. The point is, these are the four ways that something can be experienced. The body either experiences pleasure or it doesn't and the mind either experiences pleasure or it doesn't. To add even more complexity, sometimes the mind will experience a certain experience as pleasurable while the body does not experience the same thing as pleasurable and vice versa. 
In "The Pleasure Philosophy" blog we will seek to provide ways of obtaining maximum pleasure if only from reading the article about pleasure. Anyone wishing to provide links to pleasure may do so in the Comments Section. In fact, I will review any link and render my opinion. I won't be judgmental because this website is all about how to obtain pleasure for oneself and that is different to each and everyone of us.
My first advice is to explore new things and discover what is pleasurable to you.