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Some drugs dull stupefy and sedate Others sharpen animate and intensify After taking soma one can apparently drift pleasantly off to sleep Bernard Marx for instance takes four tablets of soma to pass away a long plane journey to the Reservation in New Mexico When they arrive at the Reservation Bernards companion Lenina swallows half a gramme of soma when she begins to tire of the Wardens lecture with the result that she could now sit serenely not listening thinking of nothing at all Such a response suggests the users sensibilities are numbed rather than heightened In BNW people resort to soma when they feel depressed angry or have intrusive negative thoughts They take it because their lives like society itself are empty of spirituality or higher meaning Soma keeps the population comfortable with their lot Soma also shows physiological tolerance Linda the Savages mother takes too much up to twenty grammes a day Taken in excess soma acts as a respiratory depressant Linda eventually dies of an overdose This again suggests that Huxley models soma more on opiates than the sort of clinically valuable mood-brightener which subverts the hedonic treadmill of negative feedback mechanisms in the CNS The parallel to be drawn with opiates is admittedly far from exact Unlike soma good old-fashioned heroin is bad news for your sex life But like soma it wont sharpen your wits Even today the idea that chemically-driven happiness must dull and pacify is demonstrably false Mood-boosting psychostimulants are likely to heighten awareness They increase self-assertiveness On some indices and in low doses stimulants can improve intellectual performance Combat-troops on both sides in World War Two for instance were regularly given amphetamines This didnt make them nicer or gentler or dumber Dopaminergic power-drugs tend to increase willpower wakefulness and action Serenics by contrast have been researched by the military and the pharmaceutical industry They may
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