A quarter of all American women ages 40 to 59 are
One third of those women are NOT clinically diagnosed with depression.
(They're just unhappy)
So what's wrong with a bit of Soma?
Transhumanists believe that pain relief of the mind is the future.
If we had a pill to make us happy combined with a greater capacity for learning, love, empathy and emotional depth, would we continue to evolve?
outlines how "states of sublime well-being are destined to become the genetically pre-programmed norm of mental health."
Hmmm. I started out mildly outraged at the number of (mostly women) taking anti-depressants until I remembered just how much I like to sedate myself with alcohol most evenings.
Thinking about anti-depressants and their popularity has inspired me to consider the meaning of life, our emotional and spiritual evolution, the role that drugs have in relation to our well being, the race toward perfection and how that too, can erode our happiness.
If the future is a world where, like physical pain, suffering is abolished, will we be better off?
My first instinct was to scream NO, but maybe the answer is YES.
Future happiness pills may not turn us into Aldous Huxley's catatonic conformists but into richer and more highly evolved 'transhumans'.
What do you think?