Vast numbers of often rambling, even convoluting books and discussions often almost seem to avoid a conclusion. Is enjoyment the purpose of life? Can’t it be simplified so that we can just get on with it?
While enjoyment is crucial, it is important to remember that the definition of enjoyment should contain more “satisfactory” experiences as opposed to mere “fun.” Ideally, in our pursuit of enjoyment, no one, including ourselves, should be needlessly hurt—physically or mentally. And we can get on with life’s purpose!
Previous articles have focused on students enjoying their courses and classes, which can be very motivating. Another article was on finding loves by examining one’s list of “likes.” Both of these articles circle around this idea of “enjoyment” and how it can be useful in reaching our goals.
Most true enjoyment involves work. Work is usually defined as not enjoyable but required. And, guess what, generally, more enjoyment requires more work. To quote Rousseau, it is the “most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.”
Ron (Ronelve@aol.com) is tutoring and mentoring in the West Village.