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I think this would be a great thing to not do.
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A method (preferably involving permanent body modification)
that would allow an individual to enjoy pain (physical and
emotional.) I theorize that most people would live much happier
lives if they were masochists. Imagine: there would no longer
be such a thing as an unpleasant sensation. This may
sound distasteful to you, but your modified self would disagree.
Old age would provide an increase in one's quality of life instead
of a decrease. People would not dread terminal illness, knowing
that they would pass away in utter ecstacy. A practical means
by which this worthy goal could be achieved is to somehow
remove the portion of the brain which is responsible for pain, and
wire the vacant slot to the pleasure-centre. One day, medical
technology will advance to such a stage that this can be done.
Think of the consequences: in a world filled with masochists
(of the kind that I am describing), there would not be such
a thing as torture. The concept would be forgotten. Soon, the
very idea of suffering will become an abstract, obscure
philosophical concept. It may very well be possible to
modify a human brain to like everything that happens to it.
However, it is also possible to create Douglas Adams' Cow
(as described in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe)
this way. This would be the undesirable extreme here.
||Torture not possible? How about total sensory deprivation?
||I already tell my friends that I had mom fixed.
||Interesting idea. However, while I agree that it would
probably end most torture, I think everyone would end up
killing themselves, either on purpose or inadvertently.
||It would ruin the anaesthetic market.
||//there would no longer be such a thing as an unpleasant sensation//
||//there would not be such a thing as torture//
<horn1>Suppose that only physical pain and discomfort were suppressed. Then, other forms of disagreable sensation would remain, and certain forms, including ennui, would probably increase. Torture would persist in the form of humiliation, which is, in any case, its main component.
<horn2>Suppose the contrary. Then, there would be no preferences and no reason to take any action, even the most basic actions of self-preservation. Human life ends.