Gimme Another Pill

I’ve meant to count the number of commercials over a period of time that have to do with consuming a pill or other form of medication for whatever symptoms we might be suffering. There are pills for ED (erectile dysfunction), headaches, breathing, anxiety, depression, insomnia and other sleep dysfunctions, osteoporosis, obesity, etc. I remember as a kid reading comic books about future space travel how a pill, when saturated with water, could turn into a full-course meal.

There seem to be pills for just about every known ailment known to man (and woman). It’s true that some of the medications are necessary in order to treat serious problems but not all. Most, as I’ve gauged it, have to do with our eliminating pain from our lives … or at least masking the pain for a little while. The pain might be physical, emotional or social in nature. “So, what’s wrong with that?” you may ask. “Well, essentially nothing,” I would answer but what do all of these portend for our future as a society. Should we become a “painless society?” What is it about pain that keeps people “in the loop” of desperately wanting to get out?

One of the answers might be that we want an “easy out” without having to examine and learn what the source of whatever the pain might be. I don’t have the time. Well, I would suggest that you take a look at what the side effects are of many of the medications on the market and determine whether those effects might be much worse than the problem that we’re trying to rid ourselves of. It is rather frightening if you dare to investigate that facet of eliminating pain. I know that because I’ve done it and it became an overwhelmingly anxiety producing exercise.

Another might be that people are afraid of pain … of believing that they cannot endure much pain. This belief may or may not be true but it really doesn’t matter because taking that pill makes it all go away and that’s all that counts. The media is full of fateful recountings of people who have deceased or are otherwise addicted to pain medication. In fact some report that the addictive quality of pain medication may be more prevalent than other illicit drugs. The pattern seems to be rampant … a possible pandemic.

Years ago, I was involved in a five car accident when I hit an icy patch in Buffalo. Back then, as a young man I was working for an agency that dealt with the protection of children, foster homes and adoption. I happened to hit the rear end of a car containing a mother and child who was a car seat in the front (that’s where they place in those days. The child was thrown to the floor in the impact. I immediately went to the car and the mother explained that she was just on her way to the pediatrician’s office about two blocks away. I told her I would get the information from the other drivers and meet her in the office. Upon entering the office, I explained who I was and what happened and they immediately allowed me to go into the examining room. I was shaking in anticipation of the worst news.

Instead, the physician, who could sense my anxiety, reassured me by saying “you have to realize that children are remarkably resilient.” The child was fine and everything turned out well. My question is this: what happened to that resilience we all possessed as children? Have we lost it or is it merely hidden beneath the effects of the pills that we are so accustomed to consuming? I hope that we will soon find the answer.


Both as a consultant and author, Charles Bonasera’s story-telling have motivated people to change patterns and resolve problems in their lives. All of his books contain valuable, practical lessons that people can easily apply to bettering and managing their lifestyles. He has also written a myriad of articles which can be found on his website at www.charlesmbonasera.com.

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