Devoutness and Hedonism


What is it that gives a person the capacity to believe? And what is it that gives a person the capacity to appreciate art or music? I believe our ability to have faith, optimism, and belief in something that we can’t explain or prove is objective, is rooted to our personal psychology, our genetics, and our neurological makeup.

What does it mean to be a devout type?

Does belief come naturally to you? Do you just “feel” that god is real? Do you just have this ability to “know” that something is right, even if you lack the evidence or the ability to explain it? That would suggest that you’re more of a devout personality type and that you find belief to be something meaningful and positive. 

You might enjoy exercising or showing this belief in your daily life and your actions. Perhaps through meditation, or prayer, through exercising restraint or discipline, or through preaching and spreading your faith to others. There are many different ways to express or direct faith, and it is important to consider how being religious fits with who you are as a person. 

What does it mean to be a hedonist?

If it is easy for you to enjoy music, art, poetry, good movies, connection with others, good foods, wine, and things that are pleasant, that suggests that you’re more hedonistic. Hedonism often has connotations to being gluttonous or superficial, but a hedonist may also have a refined taste in art or music, and a delicate sense of taste or smell. 

Consider if you are more of an intuitive or a sensing type: intuitive types may find stimulation more in intuitive, mental, and imaginative exercises, where sensors may find more stimulation in more physical activities. The question is the pursuit of stimulation, the pursuit of meaning. Hedonists are more inclined to be pessimistic or sceptical: when there is no clear value or meaning in something, you’re less likely to entertain it. Or, you feel a greater need to prove it or to find what is valuable in it, before you decide to pursue it.