I once read one should live for pleasure in order to better stand bad times. Do you agree?
OH man. This conversation. I weirdly have a shit ton to say about this actually. Let me see if I can do this wine-drunk.
So, this principle is essentially known as Hedonism (which you might already know). Well, one of the founding fathers of Hedonism was actually a man in Ancient Greece named Epicurus. He founded Epicureanism (which was later fed into other forms of hedonism). His is my favorite brand of hedonism which is why I bring it up.
For Epicurus, pleasure IS the main focus in life, but the best way to get that pleasure in the long term is to have it in moderation, from sensible and “wholesome” places. That is to say, what we should strive for is not maximum pleasure during good times, but contentment in the long-term, instead, because it is more sustainable and less prone to fading over time. A slow and steady perspective, instead of the more modern interpretation of Hedonism that most of us consider to be “maximum pleasure at all times always.”