Meaningless Pleasures (4 of 40) by Stephen Whitney
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People will go to any length to get "high." In 1994 undercover agents for the Arizona Department of Fish and Game arrested several people for toad licking - that's right, toad licking.
They had in their possession the Colorado River toad. This toad, which grows between 4 and 7 inches long, is found from the Mexican border to the Grand Canyon. The toad's primary defense system are glands that produce a poison that may be potent enough to kill a grown dog. The milky white substance which it secretes includes hallucinogenic chemicals which can make people high.
Drug addicted people get high either by licking the toads directly or drying the secretion and then smoking it. One official warned that the drug is "poisonous and dangerous." There is no way of telling how much of the drug you have taken when you lick or smoke it so you don't know how high you will get.
An addiction to pleasure is a sinful condition that can lead a person to do almost anything - even deadly things that will kill them.
Hedonism is the philosophy that pleasure is the main aim of life.
It is the belief that the most important thing in life is how we feel.
It comes from the Greek word meaning delight or pleasure.
Proverbs 21:17 it is describes as the love or pursuit of pleasure.
Hedonism is described as seeking and indulging in pleasure for yourself and others, but not at the expense of hurting others.
Hedonism used to be expressed in the familiar statement:
Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
It is obtaining a balance between enjoying my pleasure and others their pleasure without sacrificing the pleasure of either. So it is expressed: As long as no body gets hurt what harm it there in it.
Today we use the phrases: If it feels good, do it. Live it up while you can. Life is short; play hard. Grab for all the gusto. Just do it.
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