Zeke asked some tough questions about my Godelian tautology, because he’s a good friend.
Knowing what I know about you, I could have seen it coming.
You know me better than I do.
Eventually responsibility will catch up with you [it’s inevitable…my parentheses won’t work on this tablet…] and without having had practice you’ll be ill-equipped to deal with the pressures. You and your unexpected responsibilities will suffer.
In the main, I agree. There is a base level of responsibility for a man, and I’m resisting the forces of regression to the mean. This is in part because I don’t have any use for responsibility itself, and in part because society doesn’t appreciate contributions when it doesn’t have to work for them.
Maybe it’s not logical, but it is anthropological.
Seeking your happiness is all well and good, but I’m guessing there’s a distinction in your mind between “happiness now” and “happiness later” even when that sacrifices “happiness now” for more “happiness later”, which is all on a giant, self-centered balance. Most wise people will forego simple pleasures and save their money for better, more stable pleasures when they retire. Or at least that’s one voice of wisdom. The other voice of wisdom is “live every day like it’s your last”. I guess you have to choose a spot on the continuum.
If your interested, the technical economic term for this is time preference. Tangentially, it’s the reason interest rates can exist (Edit: I’m only familiar with the Austrian school’s take on this).
Along that same vein, as a Christian you must believe the commands of Christ, which, I believe, agree with your belief about overall happiness. He taught us how best to live this relatively brief life on earth, but I think that clashes with your belief about self-abnegation and self-denial.
In spirit, yes, but not in the literal sense. I agree with Peter’s admonition to be ready to give a reason, and not just for the sake of apologia. I think every Christian with the luxury of time to do so (like me) should seriously examine the logic that leads to the cross.
That’s why it’s so important to have this foundation. We deny ourselves and our happiness in the hope of greater happiness from fellowship with Jesus and fellow Christians.