"Suffering is by no means a privilege, a sign of nobility, a reminder of God.
Suffering is a fierce, bestial thing, commonplace, uncalled for, natural as air. It is
intangible; no one can grasp it or fight against it; it dwells in time - is the same
thing as time; if it comes in fits and starts, that is only so as to leave the sufferer
more defenseless during the moments that follow, those long moments when one
relives the last bout of torture and waits for the next."
(1908 - 50)
The End of Suffering
The Good Drug Guide
Cesare Pavese (Wikipedia)
MDMA: Utopian Pharmacology
Critique of Huxley's Brave New World
The Abolitionist Project (plus podcast)