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  • From Google: PLEASURE: a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment. HAPPY: feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. I like the circularity of these two definitions. It seems accurate to me. TRANQUILITY: calm. Tranquility is something valuable for an Epicurean to strive for. However it is a tool, not a goal. Tranquility allows access to subtleties of sensation, prolepses and feelings, which can lead one to greater wisdom. MEANING “They say also that there are two ideas of happiness, complete…
  • Speaking from experience and not from the sources, I'm finding "intensity" to be an unsatisfying description from a practical perspective, although probably a good description from a theoretical perspective. Theoretically, pleasure as a faculty is unified. Organisms are biologically guided by attraction to pleasure and avoidance of pain; intensity of total pleasure is what is important for this faculty. But we are thinking organisms whose thinking often interferes with the pursuit of pleasure. S…
  • Pompadour, sorry to hear of Godfrey's demise. We lost our dog last year and it's tough to lose someone who loves and depends on you. I'm not organized enough to keep a log or diary of my pleasures (or of anything, for that matter). Like many things, that might be useful or pleasurable depending on your personality or specific circumstances. Some people keep a gratitude journal (I've tried ) and that could be a good model for such an endeavor. Since gratitude is closely related to pleasure, the t…