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The Pleasure Principle Essay, Research Paper The Pleasure Principle The Oxford Dictionary defines pleasure. It is a feeling of satisfaction or joy. It is enjoyment. It is a source of pleasure or gratification. It is formally a persons will or desire. Finally they define it as sensual gratification. Now if we put these all together in one sentence, pleasure is something that brings an overall feeling of satisfaction and gratification while fulfilling desires. If that doesn?t sound good, what does? We have already determined that people naturally are drawn to altered states of consciousness. Its a fact that we are drawn to that which feels altered. It starts at a young age and hypothetically we realize the world of drugs and their ability to enhance normality by young

adulthood. When we add in the pleasure principle to that already sought out feeling, you get something that feels so amazing, and is also potentially addictive. It is important to acknowledge the overpowering seductiveness and appeal of drugs. Because some drugs directly affect the way that the brain works and operates, the ecstasy that results can be overwhelming. This is exactly where society comes into play. If someone can only feel that sort of pleasure from the high of heroin or that calmness from a cigarette, why would they want to stop? What would their alternative be? It would be the pain of withdrawal and the numbness that they felt before they discovered the high. I can only liken my drug theory to a circle, because in reality there is no one who is really sober. There

are things that make us all feel better. It can range from chocolate to caffeine to crack, but whether it be hard or soft, legal or illicit, a drug is something that makes us feel something other than ?normal?. (Not that there is even a set normality.) The circle theory is that even if you are a heroin addict and get sober, the likeliness of you finding something else that makes you feel better than normal is high. It might not be heroin again, but chances are it will be something. It all comes back to the inherent human nature to find a plane of reality other than this one. We remember what feels good to us. It is something that our brain does for us. Because sex feels good, there is a natural desire to participate. We remember which foods we like best and how they make us feel

when we eat them. It is a system in which we selectively remember what we like, how it made us feel, and causes the desire to do it again. Drugs go hand in hand with this theory. Things that are pleasurable to people are held on to dearly. No one wants to miss something that feels good, or makes them feel better than just normal. If I could drink a glass of water and feel pleasurably numb and introspective, I would, instead of smoking pot. The only thing about that is, I can?t. So when I want to really relax, I do what I remember relaxes me, and that is marijuana. Its the same anywhere you go. Introspective people who want to be outgoing in social settings drink alcohol and call it ?liquid courage?. They enjoy the feeling of being a little looser and able to talk to people that

they might not have otherwise. I could go on for days about this, but it all would come back to the same thing. People naturally seek out that which makes them happy, and happiness is often confused with pleasure. There are those who still feel that drugs are causing the demise of our society and that if we could just get everyone off drugs then the world would be peaceful and happy. What they don?t understand is that the drug problem is social. It is easy to scapegoat drugs instead of looking at the internal workings of the actual problem. I found some interesting things on the Internet. In this quote a Reverend talks about Marijuana: ?For some, drugs are simply easier to get than alcohol. (I (Rachel) and going to interject with this, when did alcohol stop being a drug?) Some