The Sublime of Pleasure


What is it that compels us to return to that desire, or thing that has always been there?

The feeling is intense, yes. But is is it real or just fantasy?

Don’t we get those feelings from moments of indescribable lonliness and times when all is good?

Measuring the feeling of delight or fleeting pleasure can prove insubstantial.

We don’t know exactly where it comes from. It may or may not be significant in the big picture. But at least we know we feel it.

Probably because pleasure has become such a norm in society we are expected to seek it out. Maybe we expect that of ourselves.

There may be a way to put a positive spin on it.

Hedonism is a concept proven to paint a picture of happiness. What you like, you will do. In the end, that is what will happen anyway, so you might as well do it the best way possible.

It is a lifestyle choice, or a state of mind. But should it be the goal?

It should be the goal.

But are we going about it the right way?

That depends. What exactly is your satisfaction point?

Can you actually define what it is that satisfies your deepest desires?

Most likely not. You can point out the things you do that seems to meet that desire, but chances are, that’s not really doing it.

Or in the midst of what you are feeling, the actual feeling during the perceived gratification may not have been what you thought it was when you were thinking about it to begin with.

I find this train of thought to be familiar with the life and thought of CS Lewis. He too set out to define pleasure. He referred to a more intense feeling when reading poetry and finding beauty in nature.

It is still there for all of us.

Some people will say it is all ok. That feeling was actually realized once I got the thing I was looking for.

That’s fine, but doubtful. When you wanted that cheeseburger at McDonalds, you most likely had more pleasure desiring it than actually eating it.

That car that you want and finally get,. It is the idea of it, and how you picture it in all its glory that really sweeps you off your feet. Sure you might enjoy it, and really like it, but it is not the same as when you first had the idea about it.

For that matter, it is just about the hunt for it. The actual acquisition of the prize is not as rewarding as the journey to it.

That’s why people’s lives are not automatically complete when the when they win the lottery.


The journey is more satisfying than the end result

 That’s the real point. No matter how hard you try, you are still in the field of battle. You are still out there seeking out pleasure and satisfying it.

The plan has always set that cycle in motion.

Thoughts that you can’t quite grasp when reading. Moments of deep thought about your early life. Deep reflection about God.

It’s all there.

The end goal is in the mix…And it’s outside of that area of gratification too.

You are never 100%. That’s the secret.

When you think you are, the pleasure goes away. It starts to grow again and the cycle continues.


The point of pleasure is to learn how to control it

 Once you can get a hold of what it is you want, you can control it. Satisfy it. Resist it. Ignore it. It won’t go away. I don’t care if it is smoking cigarettes, lust, or eating a big mac..It stays.

Don’t take that for granted.

The more you desire, the more you understand it. It can actually become something more substantial. A desire for something good.. Something better.

Not letting go of the desire is not the problem. Its letting it go.

And doing nothing about it.

Take it and make into something better. Christianity provides a roadmap.

Pleasure is not given to us for ourselves. It’s to help us realize to receive gratification means waking others up to this fact. It means serving others as an example. Fulfilling your talents and goals will fuel the journey.


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5 Responses to The Sublime of Pleasure

  1. Gillian Kent says:

    There tends to a be a let down when you get what you want. When getting what you wants involves other getting what they want then there seems to be more fulfillment.

  2. Vinay says:

    Journey is definitely the most important thing but controlling the pleasure I am not sure I get the point.

    • Dustin says:

      I look at it like the enjoyment of a habit. There is a pleasure point there. Either it controls you (smoking, overeating), or you can control it (quiting, eating smaller portions). I even think there is a way to take that gratification for one thing and move that same feeling to something else. Having a family might be the best overall example of this. You once had all these pleasurable experiences, but not move them over to caring for and loving a family instead. By controlling the pleasure I mostly mean changing negative peasurable experience to positive ones. Like quitting something unhealthy and refocusing that same experience on something new.

  3. great post.Thanks for sharing

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