Pleasure vs. Desire

Originally “enjoy” means “use” or “benefit from”. Moreover it also means “devour”. But the most common meaning of the word “enjoy” is ” welcome”.

Philosophically the word “enjoy” is close to the concepts such as “desire” and “the sensual”.

Desire-enjoyment-worldly happiness is remarkably neglected in philosophy. The Platonic and Christian currents in our culture are represented through a strong denigration or condemnation of the senses and worldly happiness.

Within this tradition it is the notion that desire is something wrong and sinful. The perception of the question of happiness as something trivial and superficial, is sometimes coincided with the perception of the tragic as something “deep” and a philosophical justification of the disorder.

The hedonistic makes desire and pleasure the highest good, something absolute. But do we go further into the concept; we see that enjoyment both as a phenomenon and as a concept can only be maintained through its own opposite – renunciation. The enjoyment as something absolute would abolish itself. If the enjoyment got free outlet, it would be the lack of freedom, and boredom would be its necessary companion.

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