Why, “Just having a good time” doesn’t work as a philosophy of life

“You might decide simply to have as good a time as possible. The universe is a universe of nonsense, but since you are here, grab what you can. Unfortunately, however, there is, on these terms, so very little left to grab – only the coarsest sensual pleasures. You can’t, except in the lowest animal sense, be in love with a girl if you know (and keep on remembering) that all the beauties both of her person and of her character are a momentary and accidental pattern produced by the collision of atoms, and that your own response to them is only a sort of psychic phosphorescence arising from the behavior of your genes. You can’t go on getting any very serious pleasure from music if you know and remember that its air of significance is a pure illusion, that you like it only because your nervous system is irrationally conditioned to like it. You may still, in the lowest sense, have a “good time”; but just in so far as it becomes very good, just in so far as it ever threatens to push you on from cold sensuality into real warmth and enthusiasm and joy, so far you will be forced to feel the hopeless disharmony between your own emotions and the universe in which you really live.” – C.S. Lewis, “On Living in an Atomic Age”

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Thomas Watson, “Uses” for Shorter Catechism #1

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God

  1. So that we know our chief end ought not be earthly things, which we may never get, or shall never satisfy our souls.
  2. It corrects us
    1. When we don’t use our lives for the glory of God
    2. When our chief consideration in life is our own glory
    3. When we oppose God’s glory.
  3. It calls us to make God’s glory our chief.
    1. Magistrates ought to pursue it.
    2. Ministers ought to promote it.
    3. Masters of family must lead their families in this.

“Man’s chief end is to enjoy God for ever.”

In this life

  1. For seeing the wickedness of making enjoyment of this age our chief end.
  2. Enjoy God in his ordinances of worship

In the age to come

  1. Enjoy God now that we may enjoy him hereafter.
  2. Let it spur us to duty to do these things now.
  3. In sorrow now, there is a day coming of pure enjoyment in God.

 

Body of Divinity, 6-26