The Pitfalls of Hedonism
by Dauren Sabyrov
The well-known English writer in certain circles, Philip Dormer Stenhop Chesterfield, once said, "Rejoice in life, enjoy every minute of it - because pleasures end earlier than life." It seems that this citation is a creed for people preaching the hedonistic lifestyle, which I’m going to cover in terms of its definition, causes, consequences and solutions.
To appreciate hedonism as a lifestyle we should first understand what hedonism is. Hedonists, people who are into hedonism, are sure that life should be spent in pleasure and usually they are unable to work hard. For example, in our own university there are people who prefer leisure to studying, but at the end of each semester they find out that they did something wrong. And this cycle repeats over and over again. To my regret, this kind of lifestyle is catching on very rapidly and widely, which has a bad impact on society. But how has this come about?
Let us consider why hedonism is so popular. Nowadays, most advertisements, movies or music morally encourage people to do whatever they want. In turn, this idea brings about changes in the minds of some people. Such propagation affects so many people due to its high frequency.
The effect of this ideology spreading is quite negative, but not because the idea of hedonism is absolutely wrong. After all, why not enjoy pleasures in life? The problem is in people who don’t get the balance right and fanatically pursue pleasure, making it their absolute goal. I think it would be more reasonable to find a balance between the idea of absolute pleasure and victory over oneself.
In conclusion, I would like to state that life is given for people to fulfil higher goals and not only to indulge in pleasure and pamper to egotistic wishes.
Image: А. Volkov. The Dance. 1924. Canvas, oil.