The alternative to growth seems clearly to be stagnation and death. And neither one of those FEEL good, do they?
Charles Fort, in The Book Of The Damned published in 1919 talks about that what is most nearly real is that which will last the longest.
So we seek that which is most nearly real. That which most resembles love. That which lasts quite possibly longer than its less real alternatives.
I just want to feel good, when it comes down to it. We all do. When we feel good, that means everything IS good. Isn’t it that simple?
The tricky part is in the sustainability of feeling good. Some things make us feel good for a few minutes, while others are painful immediately yet immensely gratifying later on. And it’s often those things which hold gratification LATER which allow us to feel best for the longest.
Things like proper exercise, diet, environment, reading books instead of watching youtube prank videos.
There are cheap, easy choices which cost much more in the long run. There will always be that alternative.
There is pain in life either way.
And in our human drive to maximize pleasure and minimize pain, it’s helpful to decide to take the pain on the front end.
We choose a pro-active pain strategy. We develop a love relationship with the front-end pain. We learn how to love it, or at least how to live with it.
And life gets better. Slowly, perhaps, but at least it’s not the procrastination of the same pain which collects its suffering with usurious interest.
It is what it is.