Have you ever had that "Veggie State of Mind?" Where you sit and flip channels but don't really watch anything? We all have!
I think we have so many options for entertainment that it is easy to not really enjoy it. Pleasure is like that. We can get so much of it that it doesn't satisfy us anymore.
Pleasure isn't wrong, but for too many men it has become their purpose. Pleasure can be a drug for our minds. We need to understand the purpose of pleasure and the danger of it.
We are going to look at the Mind Drug of pleasure and how we can fight it.
We fight it by understanding two things:
Pleasure is not a Purpose
When a man lives for pleasure, he is not really living with purpose. He is a man who is controlled by the appetites of that pleasure.
The pleasure makes you feel good but it doesn’t bring a long term satisfaction
When men live for pleasure they live for dopamine hit after dopamine hit and this puts the pleasure control centers of the brain in control.
The problem of this for men is we were designed for more
We were designed to lead ourselves and to lead others. Pleasure is not purpose, it is just a feeling.
Pleasure Comes from Purpose
Pleasure cannot be a purpose.
Too many men are living for pleasure because they are hiding the fact they don't have a purpose. Unfortunately many of them aren't self aware enough to know it.
Pleasure is a by product of a purpose
“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the
long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
Satisfaction that is lasting comes from purpose and not pleasure.
When I say purpose, I am talking about a transcendent purpose. A purpose outside of ourselves that involves others.
When a man lives on purpose, he can enjoy pleasure. Pleasure isn't bad. We should enjoy pleasure but pleasure isn't a purpose.
Pleasure flows from a life lived on purpose.
Keep living your adventure as a man!
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