Why Did Pain Evolve, When Most Life Forms Can Survive Without It?
Consider this as an example: (GRAPHIC PICTURE AHEAD) This is gangrene — tissue death due to infection. Gangrene is common in uncontrolled/untreated diabetics who suffer loss of sensations including pain due to high blood sugar levels (a condition named peripheral neuropathy). A tiny cut to the skin, an ulcer, or a shoe bite will quickly escalate to aninfection and tissue death, often requiring amputation. Do you know why? Because in the absence of feedback, which the rest of us have in the form of pain, they remain oblivious of the wound. Repeated injury occurs leading to catastrophic consequences. Ask them how they feel about the importance of pain. Pain is central to our survival. Pain is protective. Pain warrants caution and behavorial change. The coffee is too hot, don't drink it! The bath water is burning, adjust the temperature! Sprained an ankle, broke a bone? Don't apply too much pressure. Take some rest. Let it heal. All of this and much more is possible only and only because of pain. Pain keeps us from accidentally killing ourselves. Pain is very, very important. Continue reading >>