Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cyrenaic Syndrome in todays world

The Cyrenaics were an ultra-hedonist Greek school of philosophy founded in the 4th century BC, Cyrenaic Syndromes is people whose main goal in life is the avoidance of pain and suffering while the main purpose in life is  pursuing pleasure primarily in the sense of bodily gratifications

The current world we live in was mainly built on the Socrates principle of virtue. So people promoting individual and collective well being.

Looking at society today you can see how a tipping point has been reached where there are significantly more people looking for physical gratifications and avoidance of pain compared to collective good.

The best example of this is how people don't want to suffer through the pain that is needed to fix the world's environment and would rather avoid that by

  • Dismissing that climate change is not true
  • If its true we can't do anything to change it
  • Ignore it by doing other activities like watching and participating in sports, movies, internet, playing games or members of organisations

I have just spent twenty years of my life working for the collective good and now back in Australia, I can't believe how easy it is to have access to food, entertainment and activities that avoid pain and makes me happy.  I am the happiest and healthiest I have been in such a long time. Myself and kids are very happy compared to our previous life, but this life is not sustainable going forward and you can see this around the world in terms of natural disasters and financial collapses.

I can really see how hard it is for people to try and wake up from this type of behavior because as it feels so natural and good.

In the end what would you do if you were told you only had a few years to live, would you make the most of it or try and find a cure?


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