Our topic of debate is "humans are pyschologically incapable of functioning in an existence that is completely free of unhappiness and pain" I will be validating the truth behind that statement.
Since the dawn of mankind humans have dealt with unhappiness and pain. Be it hunting and gathering, and failing; or losing our significant other to a
genetically superior human. Through the ages one fact has stood true about mankind, we are "psychologically incapable of functioning in an existence
that is completely free of unhappiness and pain".
The annals of human history prove this statement to be a fact. Some of the greatest artists/performers of human culture based their works on both
great joys and great sadnesses. To fully understand this one must embrace the concept of yin and yang or as
wikipedia describes it:
"The dual concepts of yin and yang (or heaven and earth) describe two primal opposing but complementary principles or cosmic forces said to be found
in all non-static objects and processes in the universe. This seemingly paradoxical concept is the cornerstone of most branches of Chinese philosophy,
as well as traditional Chinese medicine."
while one may question this philosophy it has been proven time and time again. It only goes to validate my argument that "Humans are pyschologically
incapable of functioning in an existence that is completely free of unhappiness and pain". You see dear reader, our psyche cannot comprehend a
happiness without unhappiness, or joys without pains. Our judgments are based on perceptions and without a counter to the positive reactions, we
would have no basis for the existence of positive/negative correlations.
As the philosophical thinkers of the X-generation, Beavis and Butthead, once stated about a video that 'sucks' while not changing the channel;
Beavis states something along the lines of "why can't everything be cool?", to which Butthead replies "because then we won't know what sucks".
While this is very humorous (at least to me ) there is extreme validity to this statement. One cannot perceive 'a good thing' without 'a bad
thing' being a part of their previous experiences.
Man does DESIRE to have a pain free life full of happiness, but we have no valid basis for this DESIRE. while a human goes through the course of their
life, no matter what successes they may achieve they do realize that their past pain, and unhappiness (or suffering) are one of the reasons they were
driven to succeed. A man can be the richest, most successful man in the world; but he tends to still be unhappy with many aspects of his life. This
process is where the age old adage "money can't buy you happiness" comes from. While we can achieve happiness and pain free moments during the
majority of our lives, we still have to work through the tests of free-will and life known as unhappiness and pain.
To give a brief example, say a man has a family, but doesn't have the income to truly support his family. He is unhappy at that time. So to seek
resolution to his unhappiness he starts selling drugs to people he knows as a form of secondary income. He is able to provide more for his family
because of this newfound income. He begins to feel HAPPY again. Then he is caught selling drugs, and has to go to prison for it. He is of course
unhappy again, with himself for his mistake, and with his life because he has brought more problems on himself. He is also feeling the pain of not
seeing his children and wife on a daily basis. The Man eventually gets out of Prison, gets back to his family, and is happy once again. A few years
down the line he is unhappy again because he has to work longer hours, doing hard labor (due to his conviction), which leads him back down the path of
not seeing his family as much, which in turn leads him to become unhappy again.
There are a Million different examples along these lines, and with such an abundance of these examples it is impossible to argue that "humans are NOT
pyschologically incapable of functioning in an existence that is completely free of unhappiness and pain". Pain is the feeling that lets us truly
know when we have a reason for Joy. Unhappiness is the emotion that lets us truly know when we have a reason for happiness. These are integral parts
of the human pysche, that will not change until we have evolved ourselves beyond the level of truly being considered human.
Unhappiness and Pain are a KEY part of human nature. Without these negatives we can no longer call ourselves "Human", as we have no counterbalance
to base happiness and joy on. We must admit to ourselves that Pain and Unhappiness are not bad things, but steps that we must experience to grow (both
Mentally, and emotionally) into strong successful humans. Without these we have no true basis for the counterbalances to these emotions of Joy and
In other words... Without Pain, we cannot know Joy... Without sadness, we cannot know happiness. We cannot perceive what the positives are without the
negatives to prove what truly makes us happy or joyous.
with that I pass the floor to our current debate champion Semper.