“I desire the things that will destroy me in the end.”
-Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
The word gratification is defined as “pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire.” The word desire is defined as “a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen”. The word escapism is defined as “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.”
Gratification is the death of everything new. The desire for pleasure is what kills and destroys everything around us. The constant yearning for something new is what causes us to disregard the things we become accustomed to. Nothing is new once it is objectified and has been gratified by many. Pleasure is not true fulfillment which is why it is not sustainable. Pleasure will never last. Gratification should be one of the seven deadly sins. Being gratified is like getting high. Gratification, pleasure and escapism are the causes of addiction. When you constantly yearn and want you will always feel empty and unfulfilled. When you seek instant gratification the feeling of pleasure will soon leave you as quick as you obtained it.