There have been laboratory experiments conducted on human subjects to determine their abilities to demonstrate the state of happiness without technological assistance, or drugs. A monk with developed meditative skill can easily drift into a state of bliss showing a brain wave pattern on the EEG similar to a married couple reminiscing on the time when they first felt love for each other.
Question: What is the difference should there be a technology made possible to wire up the brain where brain waves can be manipulated to deliver the mind, and body the feeling of blissfulness? “Hedonism” is a study, and belief of man’s proclivity in pursuing happiness is a natural calling. Will technology being the natural progress in the evolution of mankind be favorable under the “Hedonism” doctrine of utilitarianism?
Employing technology will involve the separating of the brain function from its uniform mind (ie. mind is the entire framework of the human body including the brain), and the result will likely be the same EEG pattern as the monk who is not provided with technological assistance. While the methodology differs, the results are the same. If the results are the same, is there a matter in choosing the easier path to redemption?
Leaving one part of your mind resting at home while the other goes out to play is invalidating creation’s invitation for a correlated dance between our virtual, and physical minds. This prompts the analogy of car racing in which the driver, and machine must cross the finish line to win. Indulging in technology, or even drugs is to deceive the nerve cells and brain receptors with misinformation intervened by an external force. Distilling the sense of ecstasy by way of disrupting the synchronicity of the body function is an act of iniquity. A cheap thrill liking to the idea of visiting Disneyland to forget our troubles for a day, but a thrill no less. Man has the gift of command to spawn love’s attributes into existence, and expresses it through the body language. Exploiting the body to subject the mind into a hallucination is a disconnect of our reality that spoils that gift.
Talking about the pursuit of happiness takes me back about 3 years when my mental state was severely challenged. I was experiencing intense intimidation like a little mouse about to be devoured by a predator. The doctor thought I was having an anxiety attack, or depression. It was neither. The encounter was precise, and coordinated as if “someone” had a hand in it. Evidently, my state of mind was floating on anxiety as I wasn’t feeling the presence of people around me. I was cut off from reality, and it was very lonely. My mind went on overdrive in the fight to change the circumstance by attempting to create a finite model of life hoping to explain my way out of the recurring cyclical mind trap. Failing badly to conceptualise life into a model with predictability, intellect and logic, I surrendered to letting go of the thought by not allowing life’s happenings to get ahead of me.
The opposite effect of the ordeal did come a few days after. Love invites itself, and I was bathing in its radiance. As I was immersed in love’s realm, I felt everyone and everything equate to me. I’ve learned of the term “unity consciousness”, and I think it describes love best. I share this so you know that there is something in being human more than you think you know.
Love is not a figment of the imagination even though it’s infamous for hiding in its opacity. Where is it? Happiness is not love, but a representation of it along with sadness. Love carries both grains of happiness, and sadness as both are emotional cousins. The seesaw effect of neutralising the opposing emotions is our way to come of age. The assessment of happiness over sadness, and vice versa culminates until both emotions diminished to reach a climax where love lands to reveal itself. Here is when the seesaw stops contending, and balances up. Like a stream with another flowing along on its opposite side, both converging into a river bound to meet the sea. In our quest for peace we constantly take the task to wrestle with God, not that to offer our best to Him, but all that we are.