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Embracing nihilism …
physiological need that dominates absolutely.
‘Altering’ the mind regularly
while diminishing its power to function.
A daily activity
that undermines what you can be, want to be, should be.
Escaping as often as
possible for as long as possible; not wanting to return.
A lonely, narrow,
dead-end road on which apparent bliss blurs alternate routes.
A propensity for
repeatedly experiencing pleasure and escape despite deleterious effects.
to obliterate the most potent tool you possess: Your ability to reason.
Along with hatred
and vindictiveness one of the most insidious, self-inflating, self-defeating
states you can wallow in.
‘invincible’ ego triumphing over reason in a futile attempt at uniqueness
which always leads to alienation and eventual destruction.
- Perhaps refuge from the
onslaughts of the world can become the guarded fortress for a soul that
has given up.
- Perhaps a truly loving
heart can never be subject to addictions; perhaps being ‘other’ oriented
makes it impossible.
- Perhaps we ‘lose ourselves’
when we allow ‘escape facilitators’ daily reign; perhaps they will
dictate who we are and what we are about.
- Perhaps our drive for
acceptance can lead to participating in ‘mind-altering’ activities which
can supplant individual priorities with group rituals.
- Perhaps we are always
tempted to avoid or ignore responsibilities; perhaps using ‘liberating’
substances to release stress will always be an option.
- Perhaps obsessions and
addictions effectively undermine resolve; perhaps muddled minds know
little of accomplishment, joy, peace, love … a meaningful life.
- Perhaps the joy of living,
enjoying the endless variety the world offers, provides us with enough
challenges that the very thought of being tied to one deleterious habit
- Perhaps when we worship self,
elevating the ego to the only ‘important one’, we close avenues to
caring; perhaps this leads to loneliness and ‘emptiness’ which finds
relief in self-indulgence and concomitant addictions.
- Perhaps the only way to
overcome an addiction is to find a purpose beyond self; perhaps pursuing
meaningful goals will lead gradually to self-esteem; perhaps having
pride in this accomplishment can overcome ‘temptation’.
- Perhaps we must always be
vigilant and not allow pleasures and ‘reality obliterators’ to become
‘our reason for being’; perhaps our power to choose and act thoughtfully
should never be diminished by expedient ‘escapes’; perhaps if we wish
self-annihilation we should ignore this advice.
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