A tenet of Hedonism (and Consequentialism) as I understand it, refers to the choices humans make as we balance between pleasure and pain. Pleasure represents reward, pain represents penalty (from which the English word was derived) and both represent consequences we learn about as we go through life. Some choose to endure current pain while working for a better future; most, in an expression of doubt, opt for pleasure here and now and risk their own future well-being by making that losing bet.


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