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Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:29 am
Utsu: drugging the ordinary sadness of Japanese and children

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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)

We are the least satisfied species on the planet. That is why we have evolved to this point, and built so much huge crap (skyscrapers, airplanes, computers, etc).

Formerly, the majority of the population had religion to support them when the daily events of their lives brought on doubt (which was an inevitable occurance for the least satisfied species). Since compulsory education became the norm, we now have lots of half-way eduated people who have moved beyond the the hokey religion stuff, but have not found anything to take its place except pills.

I think in the future, the temptation will be far too great for the majority of the population to avoid being on pills all the time and eventually spending increasing portions of their time in synthetic virtual reality worlds. Societal progress should grind to a halt at exactly that point.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)

Well, if people in the future are anything like me they'll be completely un-interested in drugs. I'm not sure why, but I've always been this way. I hate to be controlled by external influences, and I hate the idea of a reward without an objective correlative, happiness without a reason to be happy.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)

Ah, that Protestant upbringing.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)

Don't scoff, Protestant Drug Resistance Syndrome is now a medically-recognized condition (PDRS) treatable with a new pill from Roche, FTDTPTAMHSU (Force This Down That Protestant's Throat And Make Him Shut Up-azine).


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krskrft
krskrft
Tue, Jan. 13th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)

What drugs are talking about here?

It's my impression that drugs like Prozac, which are normally thought of as "happy pills" don't really aim to make you feel "happy" per se, but rather normalize your mood, so you're not constantly feeling extreme swings in temperament.

I don't think there's any drug for which the sole--the only possible--experience is synthetic "happiness." Maybe exstasy. I'm not sure. But people also sometimes just up and die when they take that. Could that be called a happy experience? If only they could tell us!


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