Today I was reading the comments to a post about an interesting technology. The technology the post describes is about evoking pleasure by Electrical Stimulation of the Brain (ESB). The comment that caught my attention was this:
I must admit, sometimes I would just love to throw it all away, plug myself to some machine and only for a moment, forget about all my current issues.
And this got me to thinking, “You know there is another way to achieve this.” The other way that I was thinking about was meditation. The problem with meditation of course is that it is difficult to practice (for a multitude of reasons.) The beauty of meditation is that, because it is difficult to practice, we as a society are unlikely to forgo all our responsibilities to constantly pursue it. If this same euphoria is made available at the press of a button however, it has been shown that even food is passed up for the pleasurable feeling, eventually leading to starvation.
See here for the original post and comments.