Calculus of Pleasure: How Soon will the Pleasure Occur (Propinquity)?
The next factor that is helpful in thinking about pleasures is how soon will the pleasure occur. In technical terms, it’s propinquity or remoteness. If you calculate that a given type of pleasure will occur, do you think about the time it will occur? Do you think of ‘very soon’ as in the case of having pizza, being delivered to you home; or you think of ‘some day’ as in the case of enjoying a happy life just after marriage; or you think of ‘afterlife’ imagining your activities and joys in the paradise. Specifying the time in your calculus of pleasure would be helpful as would specifying how sure you are it will happen.
How Sure are you if the Pleasure Should Occur?
“How soon, you think, will the pleasure occur?” cannot, in your calculus of pleasure, be separated from the question: “Are you sure it will occur? A strong part of the calculation of pleasure is stating that you’re sure that some pleasure will occur, and some others, well, you aren’t so sure…You estimate the probability of having joy. Some long distance pleasures are difficult to predict, so perhaps this is the reason why many people think of daily pleasures so often…
Calculus of Pleasure: Real and Imaginary Pleasures
Another aspect of the calculation of pleasures is its real and/or imaginary character. Many people think of paradise of heaven as a postponed joy. I mean they may think that this earthly life is full of problems but the afterlife will be different. Such a perspective, usually (not always though) has a religious background. Others, many refugees, for example, imagine that emigration to the “promised land” will be wonderful and they are ready to sacrifice much to making it happen. Still others, usually youngsters, think of marriage as a special status….can you provide more examples? How should we know beforehand that they are really ‘real’ or ‘imaginary’? Or, perhaps, they should not be the part of the calculus of pleasure at all?
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