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9 – Pain

The Whitepill is about finding joy in life, thus ending or minimizing pain in our life can be extremely liberating.

It’s important to clarify that when I talk about pain I don’t mean physical pain. For the most part this type is unavoidable, and we’ll do whatever we can to escape it if exposed to it. We discuss here exclusively mental, emotional, or psychological pain, the kind generated by ourselves, and that we can try to control.

To understand this point better, analyze the following:

When you are in mental pain, is your body hurting? No, you aren’t being attacked, your body is functioning fine. The pain you feel comes from your head, your emotions and desires, which regardless of whether you can control them or not, are fully generated by yourself and are unique to you. Thus, it is possible to learn to manipulate, and therefore stop, mental pain.

If you understand the above, you understand that you need not suffer when you feel lonely, when you are hurt emotionally, when you are rejected, when you are locked in prision, when you are insulted, when you get a low score at school, when you are fired from work.

No, it is absolutely not easy, but understanding it is possible is the first step towards this contro which can alone make you feel bliss in the worst of conditions.

The next time you feel any kind of emotional pain, try doing some instrospection and taking control of yourself. You might not want to stop the pain (e.g a family member died, and I sincerely wish to cry and feel this pain), but try to stop it momentarily, at least the most basic kinds you feel.

You are the sole creator of mental pain, and thus the sole solution to it.

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  1. Anonymous Anonymous

    I think it’s better not to be introspective. A depressed person will generally think negatively, and trying to think your way out of a problem when you are in a bad mood usually spirals down into further depression. I would do something somewhat simple, but that still takes concentration, like exercise, driving a stick shift somewhere, or cooking or something.

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