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Eric's Sunday Sermon; A World of Pleasure

Updated on March 14, 2017

Really we had a graduation party for graduation from pre-kindergarten? Every grade?

I shell out some bucks and enjoy - but pleasure might be a stretch.
I shell out some bucks and enjoy - but pleasure might be a stretch. | Source

It is my pleasure to serve you

Pleasure probably is a good thing. Hard work occasioned by what you call success is pleasurable. Addiction and obsession do not bring pleasure. Perhaps no pleasure is found without love.

Let us not be shy here, we all love pleasure. If you do not like pleasure as opposed to pain stop reading and dial 911, please do not drive yourself get an ambulance. Stay away from loved ones. And stay away from sharp objects and even probably you should stay away from the gym. Perhaps with that silliness out of the way we can take a look at what is pleasurable for you.

Upon just a little bit of contemplation we see that pleasure and pain share the notions of love and hate to each other. Most know that the opposite of love is not hate but apathy. On reflection we also see that pain is not the opposite of pleasure, apathy is. We must care about a person, situation of thing in order to love it or get pleasure from it. Admit it that is cool. If I have no taste buds or ability to smell I would be totally ambivalent toward the flavor of food. Maybe I would kind of care that it was nutritious and maybe texture would matter but I doubt that eating could possibly bring me pleasure. (a caveat regarding cooks, especially family cooks it gives my wife pleasure when I eat her cooking – so that gives me pleasure)

Let us jump right in on an interesting phenomenon. Most of my fear in life has to do with not getting pleasure from something, I am not afraid of wild beasts or lack of food so I go right to loss of pleasure. Just say I am a writer (maybe a stretch ;-). And I am afraid to publish. Some could say that that fear is about failure. Probably some truth to that. But couldn’t we also say two more things about that fear; I am afraid that my writing will not bring anyone else pleasure and I am afraid that there will be no pleasure in my writing anymore if it is clear it stinks. Can we see the subtle distinction? And it seems to fit that if we don’t give a damn that whole pleasure and failure thing just goes away.

I do not know why I was thinking about this song - cool though.

I just love this.

My elder son says he drew it for me - that brings me pleasure --- but he is lying.
My elder son says he drew it for me - that brings me pleasure --- but he is lying. | Source

The Art of Winning

Pleasure is not happiness. Happiness is a lessor component of Joy. But we could say that happiness and joy are pleasurable. However that really does not work because winning is pleasurable also. And that does not make pleasurable winning. Of course that brings us to the rather popular concept with a twist “success does not make pleasure”. Cool huh! On the other hand losing all the time would not be pleasurable.

Here is a rule I use for writing my sermons. Do not try to give someone pleasure by their reading of the sermon, try to create a space where their thoughts give them pleasure. My favorite poets are like that. I have to read the darn poem 3 times which is not pleasurable but then I get it and that is very pleasurable.

Hard exercise is not pleasurable – and it hurts. But boy it can be so pleasurable to better health.

You knew I would have to go here, so here we go. Sex. If the point is just to reach a climax then that is something that just feels good. Sharing intimacy that creates a bond that transcends the sex and creates good feelings in another is pleasurable.

“It pleases me when you….” That seems to make sense. But I do not see our use of the word “pleases” as the same as pleasure. Common root fine but it ends there. I do not worry much about codependency but someone being reliant on another seems dangerous. I hope you see my difference, which is murky at best. And in this case I think we can take another quick look at happiness and joy, seeing the difference and applying it here. A store clerk please you whereas a grown child who is awesome brings you much pleasure.

Let’s take a look at harm to others. Do you think that a violent revenge could really bring someone pleasure. “It brought him immense pleasure to see his son’s killer executed”? I do not know on that one as my reference is limited. I wonder if it brought pleasure to the Grand Inquisitor to kill heretics.

Which brings us to sporting victories. There is some real juice in that one. I have known top athletes who have had a bad game and won, not get any pleasure out of it. But I cannot count the times I have seen athletes perform in a brilliant manner and it is obvious perfecting their skills brought them amazing pleasure. So what of success as that which brings us pleasure? I simply am not buying it. I would find it hard to accept that a soldier involved in a massacre of a victory over his opponents finds pleasure there.

I just stuck this in here.

Kind of funny I think.
Kind of funny I think. | Source

I find pleasure in art. Strange affect here but what a voice.

Different recipe, but same base ingredient - Love

So for me, I just paused and really reflected on what “brings me” pleasure. We first get over the idea of bringing someone else pleasure gives us pleasure. A different subject and in the end too superficial to have the impact we are looking for here. So if I say “brings me pleasure”. It seems to me to mean that I have constructed my life in a manner in which I can receive pleasure. Going all the way back to the top. I have to care and love something in order to get pleasure out of it. That crazy old love bug inserting itself in another area of life. Here is one for me that I got from my mom. Accept responsibility going forward. Accept difficulties. And hold your word to get it done. If I can do that I get a whole lot of pleasure. Why? Because I love thinking of myself as a man of my word.

Here are ones. When my adult children give me a phone call. When my young son, is properly proud over an accomplishment. When something I grew turns out good. When I make a positive impact on others. Hey, I just love those things. Here is a strange one; when I really love my wife. Something tells me that pleasure has the attribute of being something that you can look back on and still get the pleasure.

So pleasure and love are choices. Probably choices that we made years ago. Or maybe new ones that are a result of years. I choose to love things, put my heart out there to receive its due, good or bad. And when that which I love is good I revel in the pleasure. Your pleasure is important to me because I love you. Those iffy concepts of pleasure are no longer iffy when we seek that pleasure through love. If we love that which brings us pleasure, then we cannot go wrong on our journey to have pleasure. No wrong act ever happened within the commitment to love. Show me someone who got pleasure from something wrong and I will show you a fool who does not know love.

I am going to go do some gardening. It will please me, make me happy and bring me pleasure. Treat your self to some pleasure.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I laughed out loud when I saw the Battle Of New Orleans video. You are so funny and nutty!!! And Dr. Phil, only you would put that in for no reason. It was a PLEASURE reading your thought's. You make the world an ok place because you love and respect people without judgment. Smiling.....

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, this peace basically has me thinking that joy, love, charity, happiness, grace and pleasure are all the same with a different twist.

      I could not really say what you always bring me. But it is way good and I like it and causes harm to no one. 100% pleasurable.

      Hey, wasn't it you I was looking up bread with? My store as of today does not sell non-wheat bread. Now I am on a mission ;-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      The only place around here is Walmart. I've been thinking about buying gluten free flour and making my own bread. Bless you for trying my friend...

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby down here Southwestern way I am not thinking about buying now. I am thinking about selling it now. I definitely know there is a market and no one is filling it. My interest is peaked. And I meet with a landowner for pot and grains tomorrow. I will keep you updated.

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      Nithya Venkat 6 weeks ago from Dubai

      Great write and wisdom in your words. As you have stated - No wrong act ever happened within the commitment to love. So true.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nithya it is just a gripping example of the need for love to make things all good.

      I do not get it all, but I am striving and I feel secure that that is good.

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      Terrie Lynn 6 weeks ago from Alberta, Canada

      Hi Eric, we always have great discussions. Thank you for writing this article. It's with great pleasure that I read and feel your words. Is it just me, or does that mean our passions give us the most pleasure? When we have confidence in another person enough to open ourselves to them without hesitation, we let down our guard and love reigns. Good job on the photo shop.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Terrie I am renting my garments and doing a jig ;-)

      We do not agree yet we love and listen and care. You just made me realize a real pleasure and that is you.

      So people are pleasures - no not what they do, but who they are.

      You took this to a new level for me.

      It fits -- not the success over a loved one but a concomitant heart.

      Sorry I wax in-eloquent. Thanks friend, my sleep will be disturbed to look deeper. I like that.

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      Terrie Lynn 6 weeks ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thank you. You do sound a lot like me. My mouth runs faster then my brain sometimes. But I try to be mature enough to realize and apologize when I need too. Some times I think too much and can't sleep. My I call you my hub friend, it's great to talk to someone who makes me think.

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      Linda Lum 6 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, here's a thought. Can we take pleasure in something that satisfies us alone? Or does the pleasure come from knowing that we have given/expressed/shared/extended love through our thoughts, words, or actions to another human being?

      To put it very simply--when I make a yummy grilled cheese sandwich for myself it pleases my tummy, but when I can make the same grilled cheese for my daughter and see her smile, it gives me pleasure.

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      manatita44 6 weeks ago from london

      Well, Bro, if I am one of the poets you talked about, then that gives me 'pleasure.' Ha ha. Neat, eh?

      You tend to end really well. Turn the thing on its head, so to speak. Yes, if there is Love then the pleasure's cool. Indeed, people go a long way for us, when they feel our love; feel secure; stable in themselves ... I think Covey touches on that in leadership. The motivated worker goes the extra mile because we value him; treat her well and extra production is a result.

      Nice overall look at pleasure and of Love.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Terrie, thank you my friend.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, Thank you for coming by. I think you have good point on the sharing of love. But I just came up with things that bring be pleasure without others necessary however it still required a sharing of love. Nature, Sunrises and sets, silence and music. I am still thinking about it.

      Cooking is great, eating is great, but the best of these is serving. I really feel where you are coming from here and thought about you while writing this.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, of course you are one of those poets - for sure.

      Thank you for your compliments. The area of pleasure from being in the moment yet striving for a goal of "perfection" in a skill is very interesting. How we help others find that pleasure is really important.

      Preaching, teaching, coaching and employing all have brought me great pleasure -- not in a winning but in helping others strive and achieve their best. That is a "hot pleasure".

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      Bill Holland 6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      As the rain thunders down on the roof, I'm thinking of a seventy degree day, gentle breeze, me working in the garden, and all is right in my world....so today, I find pleasure in the future. Now, if I want pleasure in this world, today, I go find Bev, and she tells me she loves me, and all is right in my world once again. I am surrounded by pleasure, my friend, and I'm not afraid to grab it.

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      Eric Dierker 6 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I fixed a cup of joe and sat down at my desk at 6:30 this morning anticipating the pleasure I would get from your Houdini murders. And the pleasure was all mine.

      I got my sleepyhead hugs in right before. What a pleasurable morning.

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      Dana Tate 5 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

      I know if I can go through a whole day without anything going wrong that gives me a piece of mind and that gives me pleasure. Or is that joy? Oh well, it makes me happy.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, call me silly for even to attempt to say "this is happiness, this is joy, this is grace or this is pleasure." Right now I think I feel joy from your comment. All I really know is that I feel good in a good way. I reckon I do not need to know. Thanks for making me ???

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      Devika Primić 5 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Eric I have been away for three months to South Africa, and had a lovely holiday. Back home and lots to do on HP. A great mind you have and your hub opened my mind to life itself.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika, so good to have you back. I hope you will be writing to us about your journey. If I recall correctly South Africa is your mother country but Croatia has adopted you. It is good that HP is your writing home.

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      Mel Carriere 5 weeks ago from San Diego California

      Where can I have my taste buds and sense of smell surgically removed so I can lose a few pounds? I think I missed the point, was this sermon about weight loss?

      Seriously though, I was thinking that you should copy Bill Holland and do a preacher's mailbag. With the infinite well of wisdom you display, you could answer questions about any facet of life. Even if you don't know the answer, with your ability to articulate ideas you could make stuff up and nobody would know the difference. Think about it. It would be a huge hit.

      As always, I learned something. Who ever knew that apathy is the opposite of love? That's genius.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      The connection you make between love and pleasure is insightful. I take your suggestion seriously to treat myself to some pleasure. You insist on making your readers enjoy life. That's just great.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel you always brighten my days with your comments. Hmnm, a mailman recommending I do a mailbag. Coming from someone else it may not be such a credible suggestion. And so I am considering it seriously.

      Thanks

      Be safe in the fog.

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Dora, thank you for taking the time to come by, read and leave a nice uplifting comment.

      I came to connect love and pleasure from the opposite. I found my self just doing stuff and not enjoying it. So I bumped up the praying.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Great sermon Eric. It is a pleasurable read with pleasant thoughts. I would think writing and sharing it brought pleasure. A thought I remember with pleasure is the adage "I serve at your pleasure". You certainly have. Funny, I am using pleasure a lot in my comment :-) Maybe it is contagious and spreads?

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Tim you are so right that taking pleasure is contagious. They even insist on those suffering from depression to get around others who are infected with pleasure in things. Thanks for adding to our snowball effect.

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      Lawrence Hebb 11 days ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Amen to that, I will.

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      Eric Dierker 11 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Lawrence, thanks for commenting here -- I needed to reread this for myself. It truly shows in you that you get great pleasure out of life.

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      John Hansen 5 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing this concept of pleasure, Eric. I think you are spot on and I got great pleasure from the videos. Always loved "The Battle of New Orleans."

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      Eric Dierker 5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, thank you for coming by. It does in fact bring me that pleasure to connect with my friends like you.

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