A series of posts on a friend’s blog about depression prompted the following thoughts.

It’s actually not that far-fetched that your diet – or more correctly chemicals in the foods – can have an effect on your state of mind, and hence your mood. After all, the things we eat are already influencing our hormonal balance, no? This in turn can lead to pimples (something external), increased agitation (psychological), etc. “Heatedness”, the commonly used term in the Chinese community, is not just referring to the physical condition but also the emotional health.

A pill for happiness? Sounds very much like the narcotics in modern society. Once taken, the user presumably can remain in a shielded world of bliss. However, as I had quoted earlier:

“The pain now is part of the happiness then. We can’t have the happiness of yesterday without the pain of today. That’s the deal.”

In any case, I also believe that as human beings it is in our nature that we need to feel different emotions, both happy and sad. If you take that away, what do we have left?

As a postscript, this final comment kind of blows the entire concept of heaven out of the sky… 🙂