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As I get older, I often find myself questioning very basic beliefs more and more.
I do, however, understand concepts such as why humans must have a mechanism to register pain.
For example, while it seems meaningless to have a kidney stone associated with pain, perhaps the utility of the pain is to send a message that you have to change some lifestyle choices.
That assumes, however, that human beings have the desire to practice preventive medicine or that they even have the ability to learn from past experiences.
Our judgment is often flawed, even in the presence of compelling data. I know and am constantly being told by Sugar Momma that I need to drink more, yet I continue a camel's existence, coffee notwithstanding.
That kidney stone example may be stretching it a bit, just as it needlessly stretches that ureter, but more concretely, it's probably a good idea to sense pain if you put your hand inadvertently on a hot stove burner. You really want to have some feedback mechanism that would give you the incentive to remove your hand before it became completely roasted.
Delicious, yet destroyed.