Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The Art of the Good Life #25 : Hedonism and Eudemonia

My talk on F.U. Money is not just going to be a showcase of reams of data in my back-testing experiments. In fact, I'm spoiling one of my slides here ( I have close to 60 slides for the 30 minute presentation ).

Post- F.U. Money, most folks will focus on personal pleasure or Hedonism. These are the guys inflicting all that psychic damage on me right now, posting their wonderful June Holiday photos of them travelling with their kids in Europe. Hedonistic people will use their money to travel, procure more sex, or eat at a Michelin 3-star restaurant. It's their money, and they've earned the right to enjoy themselves.

But philosophers are not satisfied with a life filled with nothing but pleasure.

I was enlightened by an intern yesterday that the best movie on IMDB is the Shawshank Redemption. Movies like the Infinity War make a hell of a lot of money, but why do such movies never make it as great movies that withstand the test of time? Simple. The Shawshank Redemption is a lot more meaningful as compared to Infinity War which is just a CGI extravaganza.

A meaningful life explains why some people post financial independence would prefer to make a dent in the universe instead of retiring to a life of seeking endless pleasure.

After getting your F.U. Money, you should be seeking both Hedonia and Eudemonia. Do find things to do that make life pleasurable.

Your financial independence is also the time to ask the hard questions of what makes life meaningful to you. For many folks, it's raising their kids well. For others, it might be devoting to a cause greater than yourself. 

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