Daily Touch of Inspirations
October 8th: A higher pleasure
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Nobody can argue that pleasure doesn't feel good. That's pretty much what it does by definition.
But today Marcus Aurelius is reminding you — just as he reminded himself — that those pleasures hardly stand up to virtue. The dopamine rush that comes from sex is momentary. So is the pride of an accomplishment or the hearty applause of a crowd. These pleasures are powerful, but they wear off and leave us wanting more. What lasts longer (and remains more withing our circle of control)? Wisdom, good character, sobriety, and kindness.