If the government were to offer you a free daily Happy Pill, would you take it?
A pill that would
remove all your worries,
relieve all your pain,
eliminate any possible suffering?
Would you take it?
And would you call yourself a happy person while on that pill?
If you are like most healthy people, you have an instinctive reaction against the idea of a Happy Pill.
Is it because you feel:
— Like you’re being controlled?
— That you are losing something valuable and essential?
— You’re somehow no longer a real human being if you take it?
— That your life would be more that of an animal or plant than a human being?
Many people look at all the pain and suffering in the world, and they want it to stop. They want everyone to be happy. And they believe everyone should be happy; otherwise, life is not fair.
Therefore, the Happy Pill would be a good thing, right?
No more pain, no more suffering.
The idea of a Happy Pill assumes something significant:
— That pain and suffering have no purpose, no value.
— That pain and suffering have nothing to contribute to a happy life.
— That a world without pain and suffering would be a better world.
Think about such a Happy-Pill world:
- No one would find anything painful.
- No one would know they made a mistake.
- No one would know when they took a false step.
- No one would feel the need to empathize with the pain of others, since no one would be in pain.
- No one would need to grow or change.
- No one would need to feel compassion for anyone else.
- Everyone would be equal. Everyone would feel the same happiness.
Everyone would be in their
own little happy world
with other people all equally
in their own little happy worlds.
And we all know how important it is for all people to be equal, right?
Does this Happy Pill world sound like a real life to you?
Is this really the kind of world you want to live in?