yes, it's definitely a false happiness
A century ago the average American drank a fifth of whiskey a day.
According the National Science Foundation one in five Americans still believes the sun revolves around the earth. That's not ignorance, but flat out denial fueled in part I suspect by an economic system that promotes grasping at straws. Think of a pack of half starved dogs constantly fighting and you might get the idea. Until the economic conditions change there just isn't much that can be done.
It's not a non-answer. It simply leaves the decision to the individual which, after all, is where it has always been. Prohibition failed for a reason and all the moralizing in the world can't make a sad person content.
Wrong, the people control the economy and politics. If every American went on strike today the government and companies would all be begging on their hands and knees for people to tell them what they want. As it is our economic situation is already remarkably improved from just a hundred years and where it will be in another hundred years is anyone's guess.
There was a woman from a Yanomamo-like tribe who visited NYC and reporters asked her what it was like to go from the stone age to the big apple. She said what struck her was the first time she looked out on a crowded street and saw thousands of lonely people. Despite growing up surrounded by the same 30 people without so much as a radio she had never experienced that kind of loneliness and never imagined people could feel it in a crowd. We have traded material positions, modern medicine, etc. for our happiness and it's a trade most people are still willing to make. Some day maybe we'll have our cake and eat it too, but today the best we can hope for is a workable compromise.
I'm saying every culture adapts to the reality of the unnatural environments civilizations produce. What you as an individual choose to do is your own business as far as I'm concerned and what I choose to do is none of yours.
Yes, I'm the proverbial "Them", not one of "YOU".
Yes. I take Zoloft, but that's for chemical imbalances in my brain. People just need to realize what they have and they should be somewhat happier instead of turning to illegal methods of temporary happiness.
lol, oh youu...if you're referring to "reefer" haha, that's completely natural babe ;) ...it just so happens that if you set fire to it, it can do some amazing things.
Elaborate on what you mean by artificial methods...?
Yes, Give me vodka and **** to at least give me momentary hapiness.