On Physical Comfort and Peace of Mind

1. Pleasure is the natural end of the existence of all sentient beings.

2. Pleasure is twofold:  Physical comfort and peace of mind.  So closely related are these, that the latter is seemingly impossible without the former.

3. Pleasure is a contrast to physical discomfort or a troubled mind.  Comfort then is experienced when the body is free from discomfort, and tranquility when the mind is free from anxiety.

4.  Sensory experience is the natural means to assess the contrast between comfort and discomfort.  The newborn baby cries when hungry or cold, yet becomes tranquil when fed or covered.  A dog seeks shade in the Summer, and shelter in the Winter.  The baby and the dog seek comfort by instinctively acting in rational accord with their sensory experiences.

5. There are naturally unavoidable anxieties which impede tranquility .  Such as extreme hardships or the death of a loved one.  In the case of the former, our anxiety arises from concern for the well being of our loved one.  In the case of the latter, our anxiety arises from a natural self pity of being denied the company of our loved one. Yet since death is merely the ceasing of our sensory experiences, then there is no longer sound reason to be concerned for the well being of our decedents.  All sensory perception having passed, then they no longer feel the pain which may have burdened them in their latter days. Thus there is no logical reason for the living to worry about the state of the dead, though it is natural to miss the company of a loved one who is no longer alive .  In time such natural anxiety, after the cause for concern ceases, gravitates once again to tranquility (peace of mind).

6. The natural way of things is to gravitate to a state of tranquility.  The cosmos, even midst constant transformic change, naturally gravitates to a peaceful calm as its seemingly desirable state.  A thunderstorm is a violent eruption of natural means, yet just as natural is the inevitable return to tranquility once the storm has passed.  Indeed, the natural way of things is to gravitate to a state of tranquility, after the cause for temporary unrest ceases.

7.  In like manner, our natural way is to gravite to a state of tranquil thought,  unless we are troubled in body or mind.  Yet, when the source of our troubled state is resolved or passes over the course of time,  then our natural way is to gravitate to our naturally desired peace of mind.

8.  Therefore, when the hungry baby is fed, then the crying ceases and a tranquil calm ensues.  The dog who finds shade in the Summer and shelter in the Winter (assuming of course that he is neither hungry nor thirsty), naturally eases into a state of relaxed comfort. Even in the case of the person who grieves the loss of a loved one, when a reaonable period of mourning and adjustment has passed, then peace of mind returns and a pleasurable life resumes.

9.  When we understand the nature of reality, then we realize that a supply ample to restore comfort is sufficient to supply the primary end of our human existence.  And, when we understand the nature of reality, we are comforted by the realization that death is nothing more than the end of the sensory experience known as life.

10.  Indeed, pleasure is the natural end of the existence of all sentient beings.


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