A few sad-eyed souls derive energy from longing for what they don’t have. Should they get what they want, they suffer a loss of interest. Masochists live in this demimonde. It’s where self-harm happens and eating disorders are spawned.
All sentient beings share a longing for happiness. Some men think the road to happiness leads through pleasure—or at least a mnemonic accumulation of pleasurable experiences. It doesn’t. Pleasure comes and goes.
It helps to abandon notions of good and bad. We don’t really know what is good and what is bad. Former addicts and alcoholics tell me that addiction was the best thing that ever happened to them.
The code: Do not pursue pleasure. Do not avoid pain. Welcome what comes.
Pleasure confirms the status quo, swaddles our habits and histories, leaves us satiated and soporific. Pain hauls us from our slumbers, slaps us into consciousness, indelicately indicates that it’s time for a change.