"J. R. Molloy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Brian Manning Delaney wrote,
>> There are definitely some schools of thought >> that make such claims, but, in my view they fail. >> How, after all, would one ground the notion that >> "the purpose is to have fun"? Not that, >> personally I believe such a view has zero merit. >> I just think it can't (easily, at least) be >> justified.
> Avoiding boredom has to rank as our most
> important purpose, because if you bore folks,
> they just won't listen to you.
Well, this is getting boring, but I'll not that I disagree here -- though perhaps wehat you say is true of some people (you perhaps! and often me).
> Wittgenstein offered (IMO) the best proof
> of hedonism:
> "7. Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one
> must be silent."
> Trying to prove that you enjoy life for
> itself takes the fun out of it,
> for both sides of the dialogue.
Assumption: life is supposed to be, or MUST be, fun. Assumption: "fun" means the same thing to, or results from the same thing for, everyone.
Don't agree, myself. Though I have more fun when life is fun, to be sure!!
>> Empirically, yes, this is our only option. But >> in deciding whether or not aliens might pervade >> our world, we can entertain other options.
> I'll drink to that.