It is only fitting that I discuss Question one and detail two examples of Hedonism. For the past four or five days I have been in Las Vegas working a convention. Hedonism professes that happiness is the equal to physical pleasure and also the possession of things that bring us pleasure. If Las Vegas does not perfectly parallel Hedonism I must be sorely informed on the subject.
As I sat and did a little people watching, as I always do when in Vegas, I couldn’t help but reflect on our discussions in class the past two weeks. To view the people and their actions, the only explanation I could muster up justify their actions was that they were acting on their hedonistic tendencies and enjoying the pleasures that they have so rightly earned and so deeply feel the urge and need to experience.
Two events of particular exclusivity in Las Vegas stuck out to me like a sore thumb. Gambling and Prostitution are two of the most Hedonistic activities available for pleasure in Vegas. The slogan of “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” is very similar to the slogan for Hedonistic view of Carpe Diem or “Seize the Day.” In other words, live it up. I remember reading that hedonistic people believe that all pleasure is automatically good. This statement had more effect on this topic of discussion than all others combined. For the only reason I could actually believe that someone would be willing to thrown outrageous amount of money away in a casino that you fully understand is not in the business of losing money and to also throw away your dignity and self respect for the flesh of a prostitute or stripper to enjoy for a hedonistic moment of pleasure, because all pleasure is automatically good.