Heroin Deaths have increased by more than 500% in the last 10 years. These numbers continue to go up and the access to the drug is growing even faster. It seems counterintuitive to allow Vancouver’s heroin addicts to shoot up under the supervision of a nurse and without the fear of being arrested by police. Most people who take heroin will become addicted to it within 12 weeks of consistent use. Approximately 7,000 people die from heroin a year and now governments are going to look the other way and ignore it. Supervised or not, to allow addicts to continue injecting an addicting and illegal drug into themselves to lower a crime rate is a crime itself and morally wrong.
Vancouver started a program that is going to treat heroin addicts. Heroin addicts are being given heroin by doctors and they call it “treatment” for them. All this does is slowly kill them off or get rid of them so that they are someone else’s problem. If these people are given doses of heroin every day and kept comfortable and docile, no one will likely be seeing them dead or in the middle of the street begging for money. Most heroin addicts lose their houses for drug use and money they spend on drugs. Only 26 addicts are in this program right now but if people think they won’t get in trouble by the police for heroin usage, they are going to start injecting heroin. People are less likely to get addicted to heroin if they don’t know of a safe spot to go to inject. This program is being compared to blackmailing because they are stating that these people will always be heroin addicts, and that there is no hope of getting off heroin, so let’s give the patients more heroin so they are less dangerous. This is completely counterintuitive because the program are just killing heroin addicts in a more polite way.
It seems counterintuitive that both someone who lost a leg and someone who won the lottery are equally happy with their lives. Studies show that achievements or failure have far less impact, less intensity, and much less duration than people expect them to have. It is assumed that major life traumas have no impact on happiness. Happiness can be synthesized by a positive mindset.
Humans have a psychological immune system: a “system of cognitive processes that help them change their views of the world, so that they can feel better about the worlds in which they find themselves.” Many think that happiness needs to be found rather than synthesized. There is no way people can be happy after losing everything they ever worked for. However, Jim Wright was in this situation before when he lost his power. He stated he is so “much better off physically, financially and mentally and in almost every other way.” His mindset had a lot to do with the beginning of his happiness. He made his life great from his reaction to something terrible which is synthesizing. Synthesizing happiness is what we make out of life when we don’t get what we want. Our longings and our worries can be dramatic. We have preferences that lead us one way or another, but happiness is synthesized.
It seems counterintuitive that it is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness. In a study, psychological scientists asked Americans from 17-78 if they thought their lives were meaningful and/or happy. This is when they discovered that there is a difference between a meaningful and happy life.
A happy life has more to do with how people receive happiness without giving to others while meaningful is how people give happiness to others. Happiness can mean selfishness if the people are only receiving happiness and not giving any in return. The pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy. No one should be looking for happiness, if feeling good, happiness just comes. Happy people live an easier life because they are only worried about themselves while meaningful lives are all about making others happy. Most Americans do not have a strong sense of what makes their lives meaningful. The pursuit of happiness is associated with a taker who only takes what’s given to them. Satisfaction is happiness. If being selfish makes someone happy then how does the pursuit of happiness thwart happiness. It is counterintuitive because it is saying that the pursuit of happiness which is being selfish and happy prevents happiness.