An Epicurean Pleasure Maximization Worksheet
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An Epicurean Pleasure Maximization Worksheet
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There Are No Absolute Scores, and Nature Provides No Authority Higher Than Your Own Feelings To Assign A Relative Score To Each Item
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Feelings Of Pleasure (+)Feelings of Pain (-)
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Life Activity
Intensity / Extent of Pleasure
Current Bodily Pleasure
Current Mental Pleasure
Future Mental PleasureFuture Bodily PleasureTotal Pleasure Score
Net Score
Total Pain Score
Intensity / Extent of Pain
Current Bodily Pain
Current Mental Pain
Future Mental Pain
Future Bodily Pain
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Sleep6410100
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Go to Work444127-5-2-3
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Have Lunch with Friends657220200
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Go to Gym4115113-8-4-4
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Go to Museum55515150
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Read Lucretius8882423-1-1
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Read Plato0-21-21-7-7-7
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Choose Activities To Maximize The Pleasure Score >>
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<< At A Cost In Pain You Find To Be Acceptable
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Scoring Considerations: (1) The goal of life is to maximize the score in the gold box - to attain the largest net positive score possible to you under your circumstances. (2) This is done by choosing activities which maximize pleasure - but at a cost in pain that you deem to be acceptable to you. (3) The highest score possible to anyone is attained when that person's experience is completely filled with pleasures with no mixture of pain, but this ideal is not currently attainable for indefinite periods by humans. Such an existence, if attained, would be considered "god-like," and that image serves as the example toward which to strive. (4) Pleasures and pains are feelings which you feel for yourself. Nature does not provide for absolute ranking of feelings by logic or reason or religion or by any force outside yourself. (5) In choosing from among pleasures and pains, remember that all pleasures are pleasing, but some pleasures exact a greater cost in pain than do others, and sometimes we choose pain when that choice brings us greater net pleasure or lesser net pain. (6) In predicting the cost in pain of any activity, consider the "natural / necessary" classification system: choosing pleasures which are neither natural nor necessary will frequently (but not always) exact the greatest cost in pain; choosing pleasures which are both natural and necessary will generally exact the least cost in pain. (7) In considering the total results, remember to consider how your pleasure will be increased or decreased by the impact of your choice on your friends. (8) A net score of zero for any activity, or in total, does not indicate that there are "neutral" states of feelings. All feelings are either feelings of pleasure or of pain.
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