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    Question Pain for pleasure?

    Okay. Broad philosophical question.

    Is it better to live a life with:
    Neither agony nor ecstasy?
    Or
    Equally large amounts of both agony and ecstasy?

    Think carefully about the implications of these choices, and then tell me your opinion.
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    An all or nothing question eh? There would be considerably less motivation in life if there was no agony or ecstasy, so I would choose the latter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcea Rosea View Post
    No
    You know that's an invalid answer.
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    No pain for me. I had my share.
    Just pleasure, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcea Rosea View Post


    No pain for me. I had my share.
    Just pleasure, please.
    But if that were an option, everyone would pick it. We all know that.
    So it wouldn't be a very good question.
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    No, but the original question is not reasonable. The options you gave are not the only ones. You can choose something else.

    Neither agony nor ecstasy?
    Or
    Equally large amounts of both agony and ecstasy?


    I choose minimal pain and maximum happiness. I live like I choose. I cannot escape from pain but I can live as happily as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcea Rosea View Post
    No, but the original question is not reasonable. The options you gave are not the only ones. You can choose something else.

    Neither agony nor ecstasy?
    Or
    Equally large amounts of both agony and ecstasy?


    I choose minimal pain and maximum happiness. I live like I choose. I cannot escape from pain but I can live as happily as I can.
    Then you miss the point of a hypothetical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryCleverName View Post
    Okay. Broad philosophical question.

    Is it better to live a life with:
    Neither agony nor ecstasy?
    Or
    Equally large amounts of both agony and ecstasy?

    Think carefully about the implications of these choices, and then tell me your opinion.
    Agony and ecstasy are byproducts of risk; sacrifice. An existence therefore absent of both suggests a reality without (traditional) development.

    Large is a relative term and could account for something quite "small" and without identifiable importance to anyone, save the individual who categorizes the sum. Large is arbitrary and is likely evidence of our shared cultural metalanguage we use to communicate indefinite terms of value belonging to a larger frame or idea. In this framework, things can be both small and large without ever violating the requirements of either.

    Neither answer is a veritable possibility for me, as each deals with impressions outside the normal functions feasible in my immediate world.

    While I personally dislike pain and/or discomfort, I find myself intermittently bruised due to a host of things - all theoretically within my grasp to control, yet stubborn inches from my fingertips when control is critical.


    Idealism; nihilism: different ways to say "I love you".

    To answer your question directly, I'd prefer an existence of uncertainty.

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    Neither agony nor ecstasy. That is pretty much how my life is now, and I like it.

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