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What gives us more pleasure: the pursuit of of our desires or the attainment of them?

From Tony Robbins’s ‘The Monk who sold his Ferrari’: “How would you drop an egg thruogh a height of four feet, with a floor of concrete below, and still not have it cracked?”

Trivially, we all begin by thinking how to circumvent the hardness of the concrete, or the weakness of the egg. We do not keep conscious of how much more essential the journey is, as compared to the end.

We would live our lives wanting to procure one or another thing, but, say, if Einstein had deduced the Unified Field Theory, or Beethoven had completed the “Unfinished” Symphony, either they would have found another objective to accomplish, or died as impoverished people; impoverished of a desire, of a target to achieve!

If any of us got everything we desired for -even if we unthoughtfully asked for immortality – we are sure to realize how pointless life would be beyond that point of time – when we achieved everything we dreamed of. We would be left with no reason to live; no motive to work towards.

Just as they say, thieves steal so that the police has someone to chase!

One might realize that an egg could be made to fall through four feet unharmed, simply by dropping it from a height of five feet, and catching it mid-air.

Also, as Ayn Rand wondered in ‘The Fountainhead’ – “His head thrown back, he felt the pull of his throat muscles and he wondered whether the peculiar solemnity of looking at the sky comes, not from what one contemplates, but from that uplift of one’s head.”

P.S: This essay and the previous one were practice essays for my SAT. In which, I eventually did terribly – even in the essay, which I thought wasn’t that bad. 🙁

  • Internet_khare

    i dunno if my commenting after soo much time is even useful anymore for you or not but your points give a very straightforward view.U r basically saying that one should keep on walking on the road till the very end of his life with results uncertain even after his death.its unrealistic.nobody is a machine..if no result is achieved the person may acually lose his morale and start doubting his actions.u need incentives.and btw einstein had already stated many theories successfully before the one you stated.he had enough motivation

    • I think you entirely misunderstood the premise of my statements. I never said, or implied, that people should go on without motivation, or any idea of the end, or with results uncertain. I am not saying that results shouldn’t be achieved either.
      What I’m saying,is that genuine pleasure, delight, is not as much in the attainment of a goal, as much as in pursuing one.
      I do believe motivation is needed to work. Simply working on aimlessly, or unsuccessfully, would be pretty unsustainable, among other things like also being unproductive. And achieving a goal does provide some satisfaction. But I would repeat, the primary – and greater – delight in life, is not in obtaining a result, achieving an end; but rather, in the journey of pursuing a goal.

      I am rather thrilled by thoughtful comments on my blog! So thanks for reading (and moreso, commenting!).