Like other forms of philosophical hedonism, Cyrenaic hedonism did not imply unbridled self-indulgence in physical enjoyments, but incorporated the use of wisdom, self-control and prudence to achieve “true happiness.” Modern usage of the word “hedonism” does not reflect the true character of philosophical hedonism.
Cyrenaic hedonism was not compatible with the altruistic doctrines of Christianity, principally because it assumed that the reward for any action was experienced while that action was being carried out, instead of in the form of a later benefit such as salvation of the soul.
Unificationism holds that human experience has both spiritual and physical components. The experience of pleasure through the bodily senses has, therefore, a spiritual component. The joy one can gain through sensual experiences can be enhanced or hindered depending upon the spiritual components involved. One individual's joy resonates with that of other individuals and individual happiness is not isolated from the happiness of others. Since Unificationism conceives of the individual as interdependent with others, it also approaches the individual's experience of joy and happiness from the perspective of interdependency. The interdependency is extended to God as well as all humanity. Accordingly, genuine joy and happiness is a kind of experience in which the divine spirit is also present.
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