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Thoughts on What Makes a Good Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

Generally this is a gaming blog. Occasionally I stretch into political discourse, and I used to discuss faith and religion. However, I’ve tried to keep it largely focused on gaming of late. What follows probably would normally be something I’d just post to Facebook for my friends, perhaps open that post up to the public… but I figured why not push it here for a change of pace… and then share it to Facebook. 🙂

There’s a new TED Talk video called What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness | Robert Waldinger | TED Talks

So let’s talk about a few things. Some are already pointed out in the comments, others are fresh and my own… Continue reading Thoughts on What Makes a Good Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

Department of No Shit Sherlock

I saw a report that said that Antidepressants may not be as effective as popularly thought. Worse, the studies that prove certain drugs are ineffective are very seldom published in medical journals and literature. This is above and beyond the known side effects of antidepressants, such as them actually increasing the suicide rate among teens, despite which, if the school tests your kid and thinks they are depressed and it is confirmed by a psychologist, they will need to be on antidepressants in order to continue going to high school… and that little law came courtesy of the Bush administration who isn’t nearly as in bed with the drug companies as the Democrats are, especially Clinton, and remember the drug companies make twice the profit as the oil companies for which he is deeply in bed with… of course one typically doesn’t go to war to secure drugs. I’ve talked about the secret testing of teens in school before so I won’t cover it more now, outside of reminding everyone the only candidate who has tried to make laws requiring notified informed consent to test the kids at school with no negatives if they refuse consent it Ron Paul.
Anyhow, I am typically of the opinion that drugs seldom work as well as advertised and in general probably have more negatives then positives. This isn’t to say that we should avoid them. I take acetaminophen or Aspirin if I get a bad enough headache that I think it warrants some. Doctors, medicine and drugs can be good, but we tend to overdo it and over-prescribe. Natural remedies tend to be ignored as they result in less profit for the drug companies. This is perhaps the number one reason that marijuana is still illegal, its effectiveness to cost ratio is too good compared to the pharmaceuticals that have been used for years to replace it. (The other reason being that the drug war costs tons of money which means lots of taxes need to be collected for law enforcement and the military, ending the drug war as it is fought now and moving to treatment would result in billions being saved, and despite all the posturing by politicians, saving money isn’t what they are about.)
This study won’t matter in the end. The public will soon forget; they will be enticed into taking drugs they don’t really need by ads on TV.