Adjective – “engaged in the pursuit of pleasure; sensually self-indulgent”.
In a quick defence of Western civilisation I will say this – I’d still sooner be a part of it than anywhere else. While it is true that there are many improvements that need to be made, relative to other parts of the world our record on human and animal welfare is pretty good. It’s not so fantastic that we can crack out the cigars – but relative to almost anywhere else in the world I’d say we are miles ahead.
The downside to Western civilisation (as it is today) is that it is pathologically hedonistic. Some nations people are more so than others and (the) British are among the most hedonistic (not too far from Americans in that regard). I’ve seen these hedonistic attitudes grow in the last ten years alone. There’s nothing wrong in doing something light-hearted or that you like. There should be room for that. But not to the exclusion of all and everything else.
When hedonism and the pursuit of it becomes everything about the person then they are missing out on a part of their nature that they would find rewarding if they were to tap into it. With hedonism comes excess. I see a LOT of excess in this country. I see excessive numbers of (especially young women) binge drinking. I see a LOT of obesity which means excessive eating. I see excessive numbers of hours devoted to watching television and films. There must also be an excessive amount of irresponsible promiscuity in this country, since we are among the leaders in annual abortion rates.
When people marinate in hedonism and a hedonistic society is their goal what happens is that people become atomised. They no longer are a society, just individuals all living these gross and self indulgent lives. It makes a society weak of course. It means a society has no clear direction or stated aims. It also leaves that society wide open to any sort of danger, especially if the danger comes in an organised form.
However it also leaves it vulnerable to general predators and sadists. After all, if everyone is just kicking back and indulging in hedonism what’s to stop such types doing as they please? Even with the greatest will in the world the police can only do so much and their numbers were cut by your government. Their budgets were slashed by up to 40% -A clearer message that the government do not give one single stuff about people is hard to imagine. Tax cuts to the richest – Police cuts to your city.
Make no mistake that there are many malevolent forces out there in this country, some are organised and some are not, but either way they are a tidal wave of total evil. Hedonistic people are not organised. The evil people often are. Hedonistic people have no durability. The evil people endure at what they do. Hedonistic people are soft. Evil people can be weak but their sadism and harshness disqualifies them as soft. Hedonistic people tend not to hold ideals, good or bad – they just do stuff. Evil people do have ideals – evil ideals. And they robustly pursue them.
In a battle between these evil people and good, the hedonists will be the first piece off the chess board.
“Almost four hours a day are spent watching TV according to Ofcom’s survey of 2,800 UK adults and children”.
“Results for 2014 showed that 61.7% of adults were overweight or obese (65.3% of men and 58.1% of women). The prevalence of obesity is similar among men and women, but men are more likely to be overweight”.
“The UK has a long history of making world class video games. The global games market expected to grow from $91.8bn in 2015 to a total of $118.6 billion by 2019”.
“A drinking culture among Britains youth appears to be having a significant impact on workplace productivity, according to new research.”