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Ever taken any ‘medication’ to feel better, or even as a prophylactic to avoid the onset of a condition that will make you feel less than good? And most times it does help, doesn’t it? So then what about a pill that will help you to be ‘moral’ and stay away from stuff that will cause pain and distress to others and also possibly avoid any confrontation with the law? Think of the implications: less pain and distress, jails will be virtually empty, law enforcement would be virtually redundant and there would be a whole lot less stress polluting the vibrational fields. Java thinks it is a great idea.

Sean Spence, Professor of General Adult Psychiatry at the University of Sheffield, argues that, “A responsible person, a moral agent, takes account of their future behavior and its likely impact on others. Such an agent may choose to influence their future by exogenous means. If so, Pharmacology might help them to do this.” You could check it out more substantially here .

Most of us have already heard of, if not tried, ‘smart pills’ – ‘medication’ that helps enhance memory, makes us be sharper in the mind and makes us feel good about the condition the effects have. Also known as ‘brain boosters’ or, to use the preferred pharmaceutical term, ‘cognitive enhancers’, proponents of ‘smart drugs’ cite that they can increase mental energy, concentration and alertness, which in turn would help you to do better in school or at work, improve your ability to solve problems, improve your memory and increase your intelligence. There are many types of different ‘smart drugs’ on the market, but controversy exists as to whether they are everything they are promoted to be, or if it is more hype than the ‘real thing’, which is said by some to be still in the process of being tested and not yet available.

Be that as it may, it appears that a pill that will be able to make folk ‘moral’ is on the cards – at least in the conceptual stage, if not further down the line. And so the question is whether this development will be beneficial to the human race. Think about it for a while, putting your self in the hypothetical position of one who is considering using this drug. Of course you would have to gauge the degree of your immorality, and this in turn would depend on what exactly you would deem to be immoral. Religions have their own versions – like Christians have the Ten Commandments and Buddhists, the Eightfold Path – so although most of these ‘codes of conduct’ for morality exist for followers of these faiths, few of the believers actually follow them to the letter. And then, for some of these believers, guilt or fear sets in, bringing about elevated levels of stress and a series of other resulting repercussions – none of them ‘beneficial’ to the well-being of the individual or to those in that immediate environment.

Then there are the compulsive criminal types whose moral codes don’t even kick in when they are overcome with the desire to snatch a purse, rape someone or even order mass murder, for which I’m sure most would agree that treatment with ‘morality’ drugs would be in everyone’s best interests. This is where the scenario of hugely reduced criminal activities comes about, and with it, a major shift in societal problems. Wars and other acts of aggression would be things of the past – given the circumstances where ‘morality pills’ would be mandatory for all. The implications are myriad and if the drugs are all they are hyped up to be, we would be living in a totally different world, where ‘sin’ would not exist.

All this, however, would ultimately depend on your definition of ‘morality’, for, culturally speaking, what is accepted as ‘moral’ in some societies are believed to be ‘immoral’ in others.

Anyway, there’s a whole lot of food for thought here, so if you have any ideas – feel free.

September 2008
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