Monday, March 1, 2010

On Hedonism

The words "I'm going on a holiday" don't roll off my tongue easily. There's this part of me that hesitates, because I feel as if proclaiming as such is a selfish statement in itself. 

For one thing, people may be prone to think to themselves how is it that I am not doing anything more fruitful with the money and time I have but instead "squandering" it on a pleasure trip. 

Then, there are the internal questions: Do I deserve such a holiday? What have I done to actually deserve it? And if I don't deserve it, what justifies me having to go for it?

Holidays are so commonly taken by everyone these days. Travelling by air has been made so much cheaper, there are so many more options on where to stay, how to get around, etc. So it's not as expensive as it used to be. And yet you can get further, do more and all that.

Nevertheless, in the light of other more so-called useful things to do with our money and time, is holidaying justified?

It might seem to some, to imply affluence, and if so, is everything done in such a state appropriate, since you are somewhat in a position to do something greater to bless someone else in that same money and time, ie be more selfless?

Perhaps, like other things in life, I over-dramatise or over-extrapolate the facts with no apparent figures (and by this I mean evidence) to support my hypotheses? Or maybe, it's something most of us don't think about.

I will enjoy my holiday, without a doubt, but nevertheless, the thoughts linger. And there is the nagging feeling that even when I do get back, something more selfless and "responsible" has to come out of it.