to Tree's branches
back to Welcome on to Conclusion
Being Unduly Self-Centered
The Central Idea certainly centers on pleasure (and specifically on a pleasure beyond eating, shopping and sexual concerns). I suggest that if we understand that pleasure we can manage it better. But then there’s the question: Should we try to generate pleasure for those around us, or focus on getting a bundle for ourselves? And that is as trenchant as ever. Suppose you are generous and loving, and pleasure for your friends is your constant aim; still, understanding pleasure and sensing correctly what makes them feel good is the way to go. Other people’s welfare is certainly a large concern but to truly understand it, I have to look inside myself; the only mind open for me to inspect is the one inside me. Pat’s deepest concern may be: “What parts of the Tree matter most to Chris?” All the same, the way to understand the Tree is for Pat to look inside his or her self.