Sunday, April 8, 2007

Borders

After reading this article I couldn't get the thought of how delusional and stubborn most humans are out of my head. People insist on drawing all sorts of borders around themselves. Borders that give them their much-needed sense of specialness, but are, in fact, no more real than a mirage.

One particularly interesting piece of information mentioned in the article is that love and cocaine activate "exactly the same system" in the human brain. This makes me question the reason why love is considered noble, while taking drugs is considered very low....

In my attempt to answer this question, I recalled Aristotle's statement that happiness is the only thing that humans desire for its own sake. So what difference does it make where it comes from? I believe that one crucial difference is that, for some reason, humans like to have a side nobody understands. Accepting the fact that drugs and love give the same effect and equating them, naturally, violates that.

I find it amusing to watch so many people fighting over matters that, to them, define their humanity and make them higher than other creatures, such as the time at which a group of cells can be called "a human being", at which it is given "a soul" (whatever that means). But I truly feel saddened when these people hinder research that is critical to all mankind, in fields such as embryonic stem cells and cloning, in the name of their own beliefs.

The fact is that humans are nothing more than highly complex systems. If you start taking them apart there are no mysterious basic elements, just regular animal cells. Our lack of a full understanding of ourselves is analogous to the incomprehensibility of a supercomputer to a regular computer user. It's not impossible, it just needs time.

4 comments:

BlackSun said...

I couldn't agree more. Great post.

Devil's Mind said...

So I either find myself a nice girl to suck my dick, or simply find a nicer cocaine dealer... Thats sounds super hip!!

Maybe we can now use cocaine as the official cure for heartbreaks...

alison said...

No i disagree. Being openminded means seeing Both sides of life. There will always be people who disagree with you. There will always be a different culture a different tradition. I agree with this post as to the feelings that cocaine and love both produces, that the bigger picture is there. However, you have failed to recognize that the only reason why drugs are banned if because it is HARMFUL, physically to our HEALTH.

This is a point of view you have neglected. HEALTH!

Always see both sides. without judgements. or else we are all just a bunch of Hypocrites.

Q said...

alison, the bigger picture that you got is what I was going for, I'm obviously not advising those who want to feel loved to use drugs :-)

As for understanding and accepting other people's ideas and culture, I'm only willing to do that as long as these ideas don't prevent me from exercising my rights. For example, if a certain person is opposed to stem cell research, he/she can express this opposition by not accepting treatment that came from this research. However, to bomb or burn research clinics, threaten those who work in them, or make laws against this research, is unacceptable since it denies those who don't share the same views their rights to possible treatment.

So in conclusion, I agree with you on the fact that we shouldn't be judgemental when seeing other opinions or ideologies, something that's unfortunately quite rare these days.