AUGUST 30TH: HEDONISTIC ADVICE.
I was just at the Wee Book Inn yesterday and picked up a book that gave rise to today’s thought: The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering the Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure (by Michael Flocker).
My thought of today: I should spend more time working on my vices.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln (as quoted from the H. Handbook), “It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” The H. Handbook asks valid questions like “Whatever happened to the three-martini lunch? Or for that matter, whatever happened to lunch?”.
Flocker talks about using your 66 hours of leisure (that’s minus 40 hrs of work, 56 hrs of sleep and a grudging 6 hrs for chores) per week wisely and not stressing yourself out at the office, tapping on your iphone or waste your time voyeuristically watching “underwear models hanging suspended from helicopters while eating worms.”
I completely agree, also, with the H. Handbook’s point that practice makes perfect, and what makes you think you can save up all your leisure for 1 week per year and actually be able to enjoy it? A good hedonist practices their art on a daily basis. Pleasure is a luxury that has almost been made to feel illegal these days. How dare we be happy with who we are, and enjoy what we do and the people we do these things with? I mean, good grief! Why are we working so hard and running on treadmills anyways??
Pleasure is a luxury that has almost been made to feel illegal. How dare we be happy with who we are, and enjoy what we do and the people we do these things with?
Mr. Flocker, you have a point and one that I intend to pursue on a much more, er, serious basis.