blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided.
|Pursues or desires||To obtain pain of itself, because it is pain.|
|Because occasionally||Circumstances occur in which toil and pain|
|Can procure him||Some great pleasure to take a trivial example.|
|Which of us ever||Undertakes laborious physical exercise.|
|Except to obtain||Some advantage from it? But who has any right.|
|To find fault with||a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure|
- Expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth.
- The master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes.
- Avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do.
- Not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences.
- That are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves.