Today's post, Normal Ending: Last Tears (6/8) was originally published on 04 February 2009. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):
Humanity accepts the Superhappies' bargain.
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...So with sadness in my heart,
Feels the best thing I could do
Is end it all and leave forever~
What's done is done, it feels so bad,
What once was happy now is sad,
I'll never love again, my world is ending~
(I WARNED YOU ABOUT THE INSTRUMENTALITY, AKON! I TOLD YOU BAKA!)
The "Normal Ending" seems to have two problems. One is literary: the prominently displayed Chekhov's gun never fired, and one is utilitarian: lack of choice, which strictly reduces the overall utility by removing even harmless options. Having no acceptable choices is what drives people to desperate actions, like suicide, and the immediate mandatory crunchy happiness without an outlet seems like a novice mistake for a utilitarian, something SHs would certainly recognize and avoid.
Another literary point: the prediction markets, a major part of the story, are not even mentioned in this ending, making me believe that Eliezer never intended to give the Normal Ending his full attention. Then again, some wildly successful books, like the Twilight series, unir nyy gur ohvyq-hc sbe gur svany onggyr jvgubhg bar rire unccravat.
Having no acceptable choices drives humans to suicide. It's already been shown that SHs aren't perfect at predicting human psychology, and they may not have seen that.