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  1. #1
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    Default Happiness, satisfaction, optimism on tap?

    If it where possible to stimulate happiness, satisfaction and optimism at the touch of a button should it be permitted or endorsed?

    Like I mean if there where a machine which could produce these states of mind and mood, I dont mean as the consequence of a medication or intoxication or anything like that but a machine which could directly stimulate or cause that sensation or state.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

    whether or not you credit psychoanalysis itself, the fact remains that we all must, to the greatest extent possible, understand one another's minds as our own; the very survival of humanity has always depended on it. - Open Culture

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    Senor Membrane
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    Could we call it living at all?

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    Lungs & Lips Locked Unkindloving's Avatar
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    For some people, that would provide them the ability to rise above themselves and certain situations. It would cause them to really progress and assess, more than they could if their mental state was compromised with unhappiness and pessimism.
    For some people, that would provide them the ability to reject themselves and certain situations. Negative emotions can be a fantastic learning experience, but a tap of positivity would be easily abused. The high potential for a shortage of evaluation would be present. It could severely affect personal growth and problem solving.

    Really, it depends on who it would be available to and if there was any degree of moderation in usage.
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    Honor Thy Inferior Such Irony's Avatar
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    No, I don't think it would be a good idea because without negative emotions, you wouldn't appreciate the positive ones when they happen.
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