The FUN of Folly:short term pleasures and the mystery of misery

Russell Minick Leave a Comment

Proverbs 9:13-18 The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way,

“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.

Short term pleasure works when the boundaries of reality are artificially set. By putting bookends to an event one can try and focus on the pleasure of indulgence independently of the consequences. What happens with the negative results of short term pleasure?
A common strategy of those of us who are too often ‘simple’ is to be confounded at the unfairness of life and the mysteries of misery.
But the truly simple don’t waste time pondering the puzzles of anti-pleasure. They just push ahead for the next rush. “yeahhhhhhhhh…. sweet“.

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