Nature wants us unhappy

By Sam Zanahar

Version 1.3, March 2010

We are not free. We are all predisposed to just recreate specimens of our species, specimens, which, by intend of nature, are more successful than we ourselves.

In order to conform to this master plan of nature, we are born with a sense of extreme competitiveness, felt primarily as sexual rivalry within the species.

All our existence is subordinated to the one aim: to win, to win again, to win again, again, again, again. Negative feedback assures that we never are content for long after a specific victory.

We have to be aware that, of course, our emotions, and even our thinking, are subordinate to the drive to win. Nature didn't develop our brains with the aim to allow us more insight for the sake of insight itself. Our brains function for the purpose of making us more successful in our rivalry with other specimens of the same sex.

Nature clearly hasn't destined us to be happy. Nature has destined us to try to win. These are not matters of philosophical preferences, but the neurological foundations of our existence.

If we want to beat nature, our enemy, we have, in principle just two options: genetic engineering, and neuropharmacology.

Nature doesn't want to grant us happiness. Happiness will make us lazy. Or rather, nature only wants to grant us short glimpses of what happiness really could be. Nature wants us to try harder, and therefore keeps happiness in short supply.

However, we as individual living beings may find it reasonable to elect not to be so much a tool of nature but to be a bit more happy instead, even though we may not have earned this happiness as a reward for being successful.

Therefore, the use of medications that can provide happiness by interfering with the neurochemistry of our brains are a sensible lifestyle option.

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