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    If a new drug were developed which was very inexpensive, non-addictive (physical or psychological), and had no side effects, and would make you happy for 24 hours whenever you took it, would you take it everyday, only when you felt you needed a lift, or never?
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    If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad

    Never. Life is meant to have ups and downs. The peaks are more appreciated when you have the valleys to go with them. Artifical happiness would numb us to the horrible things in the world, like war, racism, American Idol. you need to experience both to appreciate either

    Now, i could be persuaded to load up on it on a weekend when I'm working back to back double shifts

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    Brother Spider,
    Great question. I don't know if I would take it at this point in my life. As Brother CGBSpender said, life is meant to have ups and downs, and handling the downs is part of what makes me feel competant and alive. I could imagine giving this to my mother, who suffers from depression, or to some of my older patients who are depressed, and have gone so long without feeling happiness that I often wonder if they can remember the state of being that we are working for in treatment. I can't imagine that this wouldn't be the most popular drug EVER, and the black market for such a pill would make crack or ecstacy as relatively popular as brussel sprouts. Get to work Doc!
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    Brave New World?

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    ... and by Pancakes, I mean crack. Yes, I love crack.

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    "would you take it everyday" - don't need it. I am pleasantly satisifed with life as it is and can survive the downs that rarely arise. Just call me Smil'n Jack.
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    Woah! That's way too much happiness!

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    "had no side effects"... If it were a new pill, I wouldn't believe such a claim. Let's see if scientists still think there is no side effects after 30 years...

    But that is not the point of your question. Would I take it? I probably would try it if I felt that I really needed it. Otherwise, I don't think I would.

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    What I was trying to get at with this question was that if we look at our lives as a quest for happiness (and I think that is a valid assumption - even the most altruistic, selfless acts are done because they offer us some gratification), then why wouldn't we be satisfied to achieve our goal through artificial means just as well as naturally? I agree that you must suffer some pain to really appreciate pleasure, but either way, happy is happy.

    Maybe the answer is that even though you would be constantly happy taking this medication, you would realize one day that you hadn't really experienced life and all it has to offer. Maybe the downs are just as important a part of a full life as the ups. This is pretty much what cgbspender said, although I don't think that constantly happy people would necessarily be numb to the evils of the world - they'd still recognize injustices and work to eliminate them so others could be as happy as they are.
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