Monday, August 26, 2013

Georges Saint Pierre on suffering and appreciation

Georges St-Pierre speaks on the relationship between suffering and appreciation in his book The Way of the Fight:

Suffering allows you to truly appreciate release, which means there’s an odd relationship with balance. When great depths of unrelenting sorrow are punctuated by great peaks of joy and liberation, the result is delicious. It’s about appreciating the little things that make my life so great—a glass of water, eggs and bacon, a slice of chocolate cake. Getting tipsy. To truly understand the greatness of these things, I have to suffer. I have to suffer and live through it, and then I can appreciate more. It's why they say that true pleasure does not exist; it’s just the temporary release from suffering.

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