Erase Painful Memories, Don’t Worry Be Happy

We are becoming a neurotic suffering-phobic society. We want–nay, increasingly demand, NO SUFFERING!–as distinguished from mitigating or lightening others’ load by “suffering with,” which is the root meaning of “compassion.” As I have written elsewhere at more length, our flight from pain is driving us to increasingly extreme behaviors and distorted policies. Now, scientists may have found […]

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Driven Nuts by “Suffering:” Professor Urges Animal Eugenics Aimed at Eradicating Predators

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The problem of suffering and what do to about it has occupied philosophers and religious thinkers since humans first created civilization. This concern has led to to the creation of great religions, such as Buddhism, and impelled some of us to astonishing acts of empathy […]

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The Growing Problem of Society’s Suffering Phobia — Treating Grief as an Illness

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There was a good opinion column in the NYT by professor of psychiatry emeritus, Allan Francis, who calls to task those who want to treat grief as a mental illness and treat it with medication. From “Good Grief:” A startling suggestion is buried in the […]

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