The form in which man experiences the reality of his values is pleasure . . . .
A chronic lack of pleasure, of any enjoyable, rewarding or stimulating
experiences, produces a slow, gradual, day-by-day erosion of man’s emotional
vitality, which he may ignore or repress, but which is recorded by the
relentless computer of his subconscious mechanism that registers an ebbing
flow, then a trickle, then a few last drops of fuel—until the day when his
inner motor stops and he wonders desperately why he has no desire to go on,
unable to find any definable cause of his hopeless, chronic sense of