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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal by Zach Weinersmith for July 21, 2015
If there were a machine you could step in, which gave you constant but false sense of pleasure for the rest of your life, would you do it? Absolutely not! It's always better to experience life as it is. Okay. Suppose you could take your nemesis Jenny and put her in the machine. Would you do it? No! Why would I put my enemy and a pleasure machine? Because you said real life was necessarily preferable to the machine. By your logic, putting her in the machine causes her harm. Can we put poison oak in the pleasure machine? Not if you want to be philosophically consistent. I contain multitudes.
How can a sense of pleasure be false? How can you think you’re happy when you’re not?