Re: "feels good" is inherently meaningful

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Fri Jul 02 2004 - 17:12:44 MDT

At 06:08 PM 7/2/2004 -0400, Randall Randall wrote:

>>self sacrifice (not necessarily fatal) is the ultimate pleasure.
>That's an interesting contortion you're putting the word
>'pleasure' through.

No, it's a penetrating insight (into the motivations of some, not all, at
some times, not all). Replace the word with `gratification' if you must.
The reward systems are multiple via extended identification, the easing of
self-reproach, the attainment of imagined but satisfying postmortem joys
(joining the honored dead who will praise and love you the more), the
delight and satisfaction of *doing the right thing* even or even especially
at *the ultimate cost*... etc.

Damien Broderick

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