Sunday, April 09, 2017
When priests and artists are neurotic
It is hedonistic when ascetic gurus and aesthetic artists (eg. Buddha and Schopenhauer) try to cease "willing" due to the see/saw consequences of pleasure and suffering. Their goal is to end suffering by ending both the pleasure and suffering of life, which in effect kills the natural drives of life.
It is healthier to fulfill the drives, goals, and desires of life, which requires success in survival and reproduction. Refusing to play at all is at least neurotic.
Godhood is not rejected but is attained through successful and rational material evolution, and not through the rejection of life or settling into a stoic but hedonistic religious or artistic bliss.