Father Willis Foster has been the Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Petersburg, Virginia, since 2010. Prior to entering Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007, he served in the US Military for over 30 years and after retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 2000, was employed as an Assistant Professor at Regent University’s Center for Leadership Studies. While there he focused in the areas of faculty socialization and mentoring, organizational development, and leadership.
But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness.
No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.
To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?
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