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14 Post author: b4yes 11 July 2017 01:00PM

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Comment author: cousin_it 11 July 2017 09:23:38PM *  6 points [-]

“Happiness is the feeling that power increases—that resistance is being overcome.”

When I go to a water park and have a splash fight with my friends, I feel happy. It's not about power and it doesn't require getting fit or rich first.

The LW life aesthetic, centered around individual hard work, is a good idea for most people. Unfortunately it might be harmful to precisely the people who are most attracted to it. We'd be better served by a different aesthetic, one that fulfilled the desires we don't want to acknowledge. I imagine it as something with lots of fireworks, and sex, and stupidity, and laughing, and stories you'd want to tell afterward, instead of saying "Yesterday was my 1319th day of not eating the marshmallow. It was a good day!"

Comment author: ZankerH 13 July 2017 09:48:00AM *  1 point [-]

Sounds like you need to work on that time preference. Have you considered setting up an accountability system or self-blackmailing to make sure you're not having too much fun?

Comment author: Good_Burning_Plastic 16 July 2017 06:59:03AM 0 points [-]