For the purposes of understanding these principles, consider the following:
Gratification is detrimental because it is primarily about self-indulgence: It prioritises feeding the hunger over ensuring the quality of what’s being consumed. Little to no consideration is given of the after-effects & therefore one accepts consuming even detrimental things.
Satisfaction is primarily about meeting expectations. It’s like returning to par. Getting back to where one wasn’t hungry. Neither particularly better off nor worse off, simply ‘continuing on the existing path’.
Edification is beneficial because it is primarily about improvement and building. If what’s being consumed is detrimental or doesn’t help to improve and build, it’s not consumed and alternatives are sought.
You gratify when eating > what one eats.
It’s ignorance of long-term effects on the consumer.
Prioritisation: Acquiring more.
You edify when what one eats > eating.
It only uses consumption to better the consumer.
Prioritisation: Becoming more.
As satisfaction is neutral, the focus is primarily on comparing gratification to edification. Gratification’s over-focus on acquisition leads to decreasing the individual’s personal capabilities, while edification ‘becomes more’ through increasing their capabilities.
A couple of very important points I desire to make relate to the fact that all three options of feeding the hunger actually remove the hunger. This is extremely important to understand and appreciate. Because of this, too often too many of us overlook the byproducts of the choice. As soon as one’s not hungry anymore the problem is considered dealt with and we move on to the next problem.
A coinciding and similarly dangerous reality, is that because of gratification’s priorities, it will nearly always get the job of ‘hunger-removal’ done before edification will. It’s filterless and will fill the hole with anything and everything. It therefore is too often ignorantly seen as the superior option. However, just because we solve the problem, doesn’t mean we benefit from the solution.
Gratification is usually the path of least resistance. This means it doesn’t care if it’s the easiest, cheapest, quickest, dirtiest thing one could consume, you just get it done. Simply put, we gratify by default.
Simultaneously, as edification requires a filter on consumption, it will nearly always be the harder, more expensive, and slower path in comparison to its alternatives.
For these reasons, anybody who doesn’t thoroughly evaluate their life, hungers and related choices using an ‘edifying filter’, are likely to see gratification as the answer to their problems and can quickly develop harmful patterns, habits and addictions that grow too subtly to be identified until they’re too debilitating to escape.
Simultaneously those who can utilise an edifying filter on their choices in hunger management and life, can much more easily and effectively produce powerful results in their search for success and accomplishments. Due to detrimental indulgences being filtered from one’s daily life, people are able to improve their habitual nature so that making wiser, healthier, more helpful choices becomes easier and easier, even until one becomes more likely to edify in all hungers by default, instead of gratify. I can not come close to sufficiently illustrating how valuable it is when it becomes your nature to edify by default.
Edifying Success therefore serves to illustrate:
- some of the varying hungers we find ourselves experiencing and where we could easily benefit by using an edifying filter
- A greater understanding of both gratification and edification so as to better identify such in our lives and utilise such identification to our advantage.
- the contrasting differences of “edify vs gratify” in some contextual examples of daily life