I believe we must stop living with unreasonable expectations of pain relief. Granted, the pain pill and the pain injection and the anesthetic are vital. Thank God, they are merciful medical tools. We must have them available and consistently employ them in times when pain should never be endured.
Yet, to escape all pain that naturally occurs because we are creatures of flesh and nerves is a lesson drilled into our being by profiteers. The smiling mask hides the real intention of dealers of death and destruction. Take your Soma and be controlled. There is nothing but enormous pain in criminal pain relief.
"And if anything should go wrong, there's Soma .... Take a holiday from reality whenever you like, and come back without so much as a headache or a mythology."
--Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, 1932