The Abolition of Suffering

Philosopher David Pearce has a message of overwhelming significance: The “Abolition of Suffering” can and will be achieved.

Anyone who suffers from depression or even normal glumness, anybody who despairs at the condition of our Darwinistic world and brutal economic model, should read David Pearce.  Forget those who write self help books (mostly selling us snakeoil and moonshine) and become involved in a movement which might actually give us a brighter future.

David Pearce is a British utilitarian philosopher and transhumanist, who promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His internet manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative details how he believes the abolition of suffering can be accomplished through “paradise engineering.” He co-founded the World Transhumanist Association in 1998, and the Abolitionist Society in 2002.

We are not nice people. We need to change. David quotes Genghis Khan but much the same might have been said by Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot

“The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.”

I won’t trouble you with the details – read them for yourself in his books or visit his website The Hedonistic Imperative.

The rational and the intelligent should abandon religion as an opiate (which has never worked to dull our pain) and should do his or her bit to bring about what the transhumanists believe could become a paradise on earth.

Now there is a career move.

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