Pleasure vs. pain in the programmed society

“In experiments on mice, scientists rewired the circuits of the brain and changed the animals’ bad memories into good ones…The researchers said they were able to do the opposite as well—change a pleasurable memory in mice into one associated with fear.” (Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, 8/27/14)

Aldous Huxley once wrote to George Orwell: “[The world’s rulers’] lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience. In other words, I feel that the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in Brave New World.”

Brain researchers believe they have the future of the world in their hands. For example, they assume that one day, they will be able to turn on or turn off circuits that induce pleasure and pain in humans. Easily, reliably, precisely.

If humans seek to find pleasure and avoid pain, or if they pursue goals that deliver pleasure as a side effect…why wait? Why go through the process of striving at all? Why not cut to the bottom line immediately and experience pleasure?

In an age where instant reward, entitlement, flickering attention, and entertainment are paramount, why not stimulate the brain and give people what they want?

Work is the middle-man. Eliminate it. The interval between desire and fulfillment is long. Erase it.

In the process, simplify human aspirations. Reduce them to a lowest common denominator. Assume that what a Tesla, a Rembrandt, a Beethoven achieved was unnecessarily complicated—the “same result” could have been handed to them on a silver platter.

Individual triumph? An outmoded concept. And why should one person accomplish more than another? It’s victimization. A cardinal sin.

If a thousand robots working in a factory can turn out more cars per day than their human counterparts, thus alleviating the stress of labor, then by analogy, delivering pleasure to a population through drugs or electromagnetic stimulation, bypassing the need for work, is a worthy objective.

These are the arguments, and a significant and growing percentage of the human race would find them persuasive and attractive.

By Jon Rappoport – No More Fake News –

AFA Supports ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’‏

Tony Perkins of the American Family Association encourages you to contact your Representative and urge them to support passage of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 36) sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn). This legislation is essential to stopping late abortion. It would also help stop so-called doctors, like the now imprisoned Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who are willing to allow babies be born alive to more easily kill them if the abortion doesn’t work. Tragically, this problem goes way beyond Gosnell in Philadelphia.

Lila Rose’s undercover video in 2013 showed a doctor in the District of Columbia claiming “Let’s say you went into labor, the membranes ruptured, and you delivered before we got to the termination part of the procedure here, you know? Then we would do things — we would — we would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate.”

Medical experts have testified that unborn children can feel pain as early as 20 weeks after fertilization, which is about 4 and a half months. You can download FRC’s pamphlet “Fetal Pain: Can Unborn Children Feel Pain in the Womb?”explaining more detail about the pain unborn children experience. The fact is that anesthesia is given during prenatal surgery, precisely because scientists have come to realize that, as Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand testified:

“The human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier and the pain perceived by the fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or children.”

This legislation is an essential step in restoring the sanctity of human life and stopping the painful killing of unborn children at 20 weeks or later.

By Tony Perkins – American Family Association –

Evil Medical Monsters

Is the world going mad and are people a lot more unhappy than they should be because of the barbaric way doctors treat mothers when they deliver their babies?

Jeanice Barcelo’s gut wrenching indictment of the way hospitals and doctors brutally manipulate pregnant mothers in Birth Trauma, and the Dark Side of Modern Medicine, Exposing the Systematic Violence Against Women and Infants During Hospital Birth insists this interference in the mother/child bond is a key element in the breakdown of human love worldwide.

The medical profession has its own rules about delivering babies, and the way Barcelo tells it, these methods not only create lasting scars in mothers, destroy many marriages and unnecessarily injure and kill children. They also leave a great uninvestigated tragedy of infants who do not properly bond with their mothers as a result of medical expedience more interested in profitable procedures than in healthy children.

Its effect on the world — but most especially on women and children, she insists — is catastrophic.

Ordinary readers, especially men brave enough to tackle the subject, will view with unadulterated horror the things that are done to babies in the name of keeping them healthy. Like screwing fetal heart monitors into their skulls. Or memory block drugs used for a variety of purposes including sexual molestation.

“Doctors don’t care if mom and the baby are damaged”.

Barcelo calls this birth trauma a hidden epidemic, and cites a 1995 study that determined 95 percent of all births in the U.S. were considered traumatic, 45% severely traumatic. The Centers for Disease Control, she says, are responsible for causing the deaths of thousands of unborn babies, because vaccinations cause a massive spike in fetal deaths.

“WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO MY BABY?”

An increasing number of birthing mothers recall their experiences as “birth rape”, and following the extreme level of abuse they receive in hospitals, post traumatic stress afflicts many of them.

The level of malfeasance Barcelo itemizes in her examples of women giving birth reveals a glossary of horrors facing every woman who plans to have her baby delivered in a hospital.

The most magic moment of every mother’s life is turned into a nightmare (see picture) by cash conscious doctors who misuse drugs not meant for childbirth to trigger induction — forcibly ejecting babies from the womb at the profound cost of severing the psychological bond between mother and child and predisposing that child to both afflictions and addictions later in life that need not otherwise occur.

The cost to society is extraordinary, tragic and mostly unacknowledged, the author stresses.

“The core of our pain starts at childbirth. It’s about our own mothers handing over their power” to a conscienceless machine that rings babies through a medical cash register which simply doesn’t treat them as the supremely sensitive and vulnerable human beings they are….

Once a baby gets into an NICU, she is subjected to 14 to 21 invasive procedures per day, all without anesthesia, and the parents have no say over the treatment, nor can they remove their child from the NICU. The experience of pain, Barcelo writes, completely changes the wiring of the brain in adulthood.

The story of Andrew and his five months of torture plus his $100,000 medical bill that preceded his death will curl your toenails, guaranteed.

“Babies are being used for medical experiments,” Barcelo writes. One government study that included data from Wake Forest and Yale universities involved deliberately depriving babies of oxygen to observe the results, which very often was death.

Barcelo reserves special scorn for the use of ultrasound frequencies, which are extremely dangerous to babies. “To me,” Barcelo writes, “this indicates a distinct level of evil within the medical profession. It is a clear indication that they are willing and able to deliberately cause harm.”

By John Kaminski – Darkmoon –

Our Fear of Opioids Leaves the World in Pain

By Helen Redmond – Substance.com –

Millions of people worldwide endure traumatic injuries or deaths from cancer, AIDS and now, Ebola without access to the medication that could relieve their suffering. The international drug control system is to blame.

Ever broken a bone? Recovered from a major surgery? Do you live with chronic pain? If so, you understand on a visceral level that access to opioids like morphine to manage pain is critical. Opioids are necessary to perform surgery, make recovery from traumatic injuries possible and can grant terminally ill people a peaceful death.

“Lack of access to essential medicines such as morphine or methadone for treatment violates the right to the highest attainable standard of health, which is one of the human rights conventions that all countries in the world have signed on to,” says Dr. Katherine Pettus, an advocacy officer for the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. “It also violates the right to be free from torture and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.”

….Rich nations have access to a wide variety of opioids, from Tylenol with codeine to morphine tablets to fentanyl patches and lollipops. Just four countries—the US, Canada, the UK and Australia—consume an astonishing 68% of the opioids produced by the pharmaceutical industry. Low- and middle-income countries together account for just 7% of global use.

The US and Canada, as Felicia M. Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, has noted, consume nearly 300,000 milligrams of opioids per pain-affected death from HIV/AIDS and cancer. People who die of these causes in China (less than 1,300 mg per death), India (720 mg) Mexico (2,350 mg) Uganda (450 mg) or Haiti (47 mg) likely suffer a great deal more.

Put even more starkly, opioids are virtually unavailable in over 150 countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this leaves over 5.5 billion people—83% of the world’s population—with little or no access. They estimate that therefore each year a staggering 5.5 million terminally ill cancer patients and 1 million patients in the end stage of HIV/AIDS are denied pain relief.

Opioids are on the WHO list of essential medicines for human health and well-being. Moreover, the drugs are inexpensive—just pennies per dose—and easy to administer. Crucially, most preparations are not under patent protection. So why do these disparities in access continue?

….The most significant barrier to equality is the international drug control system, led by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).

Drug war propaganda promotes two myths about opioids: that they are always dangerous and instantly addictive. The exaggeration of the effects of opioids combined with “zero tolerance” spills over into the use of the drugs in medical settings. Widespread “opioidphobia” affects physicians and even patients who would benefit from taking narcotics. Pain is political….

The War on Drugs has not only failed to prevent illicit drug use, but has also prevented the provision of legal narcotics to millions of people who are suffering from both curable and terminal illnesses. It is well past time to end this atrocity.

 
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