Medicating the Yearning for Autonomy

There are so many people that are unhappy with their lives, and even though we supposedly live in societies where one’s material needs – food, clothing, shelter, etc. – are more easily attainable than ever before, happiness seems elusive to the vast majority of people.

The common approach to sadness and depression is to treat it as an ‘illness’ – something not only undesirable but also not ‘normal’ according to the culture of the incumbent paradigm. Clearly, with the ubiquity of material ‘goods’ available to most people, one is expected to be happy with such things and anything less than contentment is the sign of a mental ‘illness’.

Much of this sadness and depression stems not only from the abusive, coercive conditions that most people endure during their lifetimes, but also the overwhelming chains upon their autonomy (which is – in the current paradigm – viewed as a common and acceptable abuse). Whether they know it consciously or not, their lives are supremely limited by the heteronomy that seeps into their activities, stifling their autonomy and creating a deep, mental conflict between what they wish to do (their passions) and what their controllers (those who gain from the incumbent paradigm)and their supporters command them to do. Depression is therefore the sign of a person who (consciously or not) yearns to be free, but who is held back by the heteronomous society that he lives in.

Of course, the person suffering psychologically from this submission to heteronomous dictates usually has no idea that their depression stems from the complete usurpation of their will. They are informed that something is supposedly wrong with them and their desires, not with ‘society’ itself. They are thus referred to the medical profession, which proceeds to medicate them with drugs to slow their emotional and thought processes with the ultimate goal of pacifying them. Indeed, it is not only preferable, but necessary to the incumbent paradigm that the slave is pacified, rather than for him to have his autonomy realised, his mental health restored and his slave status revoked.

The people who gain from this are clearly apparent: firstly, the medical profession – specifically those who offer psychological counselling – and the producers of pharmaceuticals; secondly, those who benefit and wish to maintain the incumbent heteronomous paradigm in general by stifling the autonomous yearnings of these people through establishing the ‘illness’ norm and pacifying them through mind-altering drugs.

Conversely, a voluntary and autonomy-supporting paradigm would not just provide placebos for their illnesses, but instead a lasting cure for their most severe underlying problems. Realise your goals and cast aside the chains of heteronomy – you may just find real, true happiness and contentment in your life.

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2 Responses to Medicating the Yearning for Autonomy

  1. Alex Jones says:

    The cure to the unhappy existence is rather simple if they could awaken to it. No hope of that, instead drug companies profit from the misery.

  2. myrthryn says:

    When does a drug become an addiction in a free world ? It becomes a problem when the drug stops being a means to a particular state, and becomes the end to itself. I don’t do any drugs other that the society approved sugar, caffeine, and little alcohol. I have no problem with someone using anything as long as they know the risks and it harm noone else.

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