It pretty clear that Hoffman’s struggle is with 'how to just be'. Pleasure is transient or a dangerous booby trap that you'll simply make a mess of. When you start to examine whether you’re really happy, it seems to slip away. Tension between denying life and embracing it might be the closest we can get to being happy. And perhaps Philip Seymour Hoffman spent his whole life coming 'right up to the lip' before he went. I see so much of my own struggles in their conversation, and I suspect you will to. Amazing stuff. Watch the whole thing.
Thanks to Dave for sending.