My Advice: Satisfy Yourself
Do what satisfies you in this life with its limited time, and I mean that advice even if immortality is real for you, for the next moment is never promised except by productive, life-giving actions. With that said, I begin this article. Without productive, life-giving actions, life and existence really are moot and meaningless without redemption. Also, satisfaction is not gluttony or overly saturating yourself either, it is being genuinely content with what you do each moment of life and existence.
When I think of satisfaction, it is not eating too much, or being too rich for my own good, not at all. It is doing what makes me genuinely content inside in reality. Indeed, the genuine fantasy and double meaning in life is “satisfying gluttony”, those two words do not go together in any way and the other side of that coin is “self-denial”, indeed, torturing yourself is not the success of any sort, it is not “showing what you can take”, it is a form of foolishness that is unproductive.
One of the fatal flaws of my Dad Joseph Clayton, Jr. in this life was practicing “satisfying gluttony” with food, it killed him at fifty-two years old. Sure, it is one thing to enjoy your food, but to satisfy gluttony with irrationally “soothed” emotions, is entirely another thing and it is worse than anything you can do. Sure, in many ways my Dad was a good and virtuous man, but, that one fatal flaw for anyone can “derail” everything deeply. So, that one fatal flaw taught me that in all areas of life, you or anyone must practice the virtue of “rational satisfaction”, some call it “doing it until genuinely satisfied”, and many call it “moderation”. I call it what works for me.
After all, any sort of active self-denial is torture in the most genuine sense of the word torture, same with its opposite, even though your emotions can be tricked into thinking it is great, self-indulgence. After all, that last sentence is the “secret sauce” and secret reality behind all drug addiction, really. After the first “great high”, what are all drug addicts trying to recapture anyhow? They are trying to capture that great state of escape and ecstasy that got them addicted in the first place, and all they can do is practice pathetic self-indulgence trying to get that over and over. That is what is going on with the drug addict. So, I would like to say this here: Self-satisfaction is satisfying yourself, not destructive addiction or self-indulgence. I would like to mention that difference right here near the end of this article.
Do what satisfies you in this life with its limited time, and I mean that advice even if immortality is real for you, for the next moment is never promised except by productive, life-giving actions. Nothing else can take the place of life-giving productive action, and satisfaction only comes through what you can genuinely and productively do for yourself in a beneficial way. That may sound selfish and gross to some, but it is honest and true.