As a young woman in her early 20s living a strange life in a different state, I understand the concept of improving day to day. I was born into a somewhat wealthy community and didn’t have to truly work for my living expenses. Now, it’s a different story. Since driving my truck down to Austin and living on my own, I’ve had a few shares of ups and downs. Ups being going to fabulous parties and events, downs being depressed and at loss of a job. It sucks, but when you finally make it, you have an appreciation for your surroundings. I believe those ups and downs are essential to living a fulfilling life.
Furthermore, I was reading an excerpt on Nozick’s Thought Experiment. The author was challenging the idea that our life is more important than feeling good on the inside. He states there is more to life than satisfying our “pleasure” drive. He proposes this thought experiment:
“Suppose there was an experience machine that would give you any experience you desired. Super-duper neuropsychologists could stimulate your brain so that you would think and feel you were writing a great novel, or making a friend, or reading an interesting book. All the time you would be floating in a tank, with electrodes attached to your brain. Should you plug into this machine for life, preprogramming your life experiences? […] Of course, while in the tank you won’t know that you’re there; you’ll think that it’s all actually happening […] Would you plug in?”
Personally, I know a few people whom I wouldn’t put it past them to plug themselves into this hypothetical machine. Those friends are not considered “close” anymore. Rather, the ones more like myself whom I hold in deep trust, know the values of life being a bitch and life kicking ass. The friends who can understand those values are the ones who will appreciate life and whom I believe I’ll have a deeper connection with.