There have been Hedonists for as long as there have been humans. Not just the passive Hedonism that we see all throughout the animal kingdom, where animals move toward pleasure and away from pain, but active, thoughtful Hedonism.
Eight men own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world's population. Inequality is higher than it has ever been, and it would only take a modest wealth redistribution to raise billions of people out of poverty.
There are completely mundane things that each of us deals with on a day to day basis, that make our lives a little more hellish, and can even harm us in the long run. If we wish to decrease the silly, potentially life-threatening, and often unnecessary suffering from these sorts of banal experiences, there are two tools that often come in handy.
Perhaps this archetypal story is why we can’t get our shit together in order to solve issues like climate change. Perhaps our ability to react to villains comes at the expense of being able to proactively solve issues.
If the purpose of traditional schooling is an attempt at preparing children for the real world—a world where they will be coerced or forced into activities that they’d rather not do for most of their waking hours—then today’s school is at least helping them have realistic expectations about their future.
We must come to realize how lucky we are to be alive and conscious—to have this amazing planet that we are perfectly adapted to. We need no air scrubbers, no protein synthesizers, and no laser cannons.
In an effort to facilitate more people (including us) leaning into new sensations that lead to pleasure, we are compiling a list of sensations worth exploring so we can turn it into some kind of epic art project that we can pass out to our friends, strangers, people soliciting merchandise or religion at our door, and more specifically, you (our readers).
I like to think of it like this: if my life were a work of fiction and there were an author writing the story, there must be small parts of my life that act as foreshadowing to the important events in my future.
My main resolution for 2019 is all about pleasure; it rejects the expectations that society, my friends and family, and even I have put on myself. It is the resolution that has been hidden underneath every resolution about weight loss or changing my body that I have ever made: