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581 Name: (*゚ー゚) : 1993-09-8545 11:40

I don't think that's unusual. A normal part of growing up is pretending to be happy in front of other people so that you don't disappoint them, then wondering why everyone always seems happy and expects you to be happy.

Upper middle-class society is so inundated with depictions of people being happy that we think it's normal. But is it? Why should the default state of humanity be happiness? I've never heard a convincing argument that it is. On the other hand, there are several very good reasons why humans should, on average, be in a mindset of some kind of unhappy desperation or desire, and I'll let you fill in for what and why that might be the case (but I'll bet that you can fill it in, which is sort of the point).

Some people actually are happy, probably, but the world is a rather rotten place. I'm not saying "You'll be happy if you accept it" or "Well gee, have you tried thinking X?", I just want to suggest that nothing "went wrong" for you specifically, because the state of being happy is not "right" (assuming there is a "right"). I also want to suggest the following argument, if you haven't already considered it before.

(1) Inflicting pain on someone without their consent is a morally wrong outcome.
(2) You should not take an action which may result in a morally wrong outcome, unless [Insert some some statements here about good-of-the-many, absolutism, sovereignty, whatever, if you wish].
(3) Being alive involves quite a lot of pain.
(4) It is impossible to obtain consent from your children for creating them.
(5) Therefore, having children may result in a morally wrong outcome. Therefore, depending on the conditions of (2), you should not have children.

I'm not saying you must agree with this argument, but if you accept or refute it you might come to terms with something. I long ago came to terms with the realizations that I will never be happy or content, that I will never have the courage to kill myself, that the Alzheimer's in my genes will probably make me die a babbling idiot, that the optimal course of action (for minimizing my own pain) is to bury myself in work, and that under no circumstances should I have children.

I apologize to the rest of the thread for this disgracefully serious post, and I promise I will try my hardest not to make any more like it.

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