This is a quote from the book "The ​Virtue Of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand
... psychologically incapable of enjoying pleasure as an end in itself. The neurotic pleasure- chaser imagines that, by going through the motions of a celebration, he will be able to make himself f eel that he has something to celebrate.

One of the hallmarks of the man who lacks self-esteem — and the real punishment for his moral and psychological default — is the fact th
at all his pleasures are pleasures of escape from the two pursuers whom he has betrayed and from whom there is no escape: reality and his own mind.

Since the function of pleasure i...
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