Or are there?
We have the people that eat bacon or don’t eat bacon. Simple right?
From each category, we have the reasoning. This is probably why we eat the pig and the pig doesn’t eat us in so many fancy ways.
I think that fundamentally there are indeed two types of people. But because we are so smart, we have managed to put these reasons on the operation table.
As follows there are
People that eat bacon because
- it is delicious
- don’t care about their health
- they only have one life, why go without bacon?
People that don’t eat bacon because
- they don’t like it
- it is cruel
- it is unhealthy
I’ve intentionally found three reasons for each category, to even it out. So goes with just about anything else. You can be analytical and give yourself so many reasons or just don’t care at all.
Something that is on my mind is addiction. Recently there have been so many articles and studies about this condition. Some say it is a disease, some don’t. I think it doesn’t really matter what other people say (same as with just about anything in life). It would be much easier and healthier to have a view of your own. It depends on how it impacts you. What if I told you, dear reader, you were an addict. Would you laugh at me? Would you believe me? Would you search for a rehab center? Would you care?
It turns out that we all are addicts, in some way or another. How much do you care for your addiction? Does it bother you? When does the normal consuming behavior turn into the cruel addiction??
Now you can go back to my examples and replace bacon with anything you want. My favorite question is: Does it matter?
Does it matter if I’m an addict? Does it matter if everyone thinks I’m an addict? Does it matter how much I consume?
I heard that there are over 200 or so validated addictions. Why then do we see only the top three in every rehab center?
You know why? Because all the other simply put... don’t matter.
Oh, but they do. I think this is where most people misunderstand addiction. When they refer to the thing they can’t go without, rather than the behavior. I could be addicted to my phone. Ok, let's stop for a second. What is the definition of addiction? Google?
addiction əˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/ noun
the fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.
Back to it. Particular substance or activity. Right, my phone clearly isn’t a substance. It’s more of an activity. Games, Social Media, Apps, etc. But does it matter? I mean, don’t most people have phones? Wouldn’t I be the weird and awkward one if I wasn’t checking my phone while waiting for something important to do? Cause we almost always stay on the phone while waiting for time to pass. Does it matter to you how attached you are to your phone?
Let’s move on. The phone was just an example, don’t mean to attack you or something. How about smoking? Right, the substance that has its most victims. Smoking is alright I guess, compared to crystal meth, cocaine, spirits, and god knows what. Or is it? Does it matter what you are addicted to? Isn’t it enough that there is an addiction in the first place?
I’m probably blabbering, but we can be addicted to anything, addicted to always being right, addicted to looking good, addicted to eating healthy, or eating unhealthy, addicted to a person, addicted to addictions and so on. See, it doesn’t really matter what we are addicted to. It matters how we view that certain activity. Who would you say is a bad person? A person addicted to cocaine, or a person addicted to caffeine? Debatable. NONE of them is the answer. Because looking past the addiction, the substance, we need to see the reasons. Why? Why is that person drinking so much coffee? Why is that person risking an overdose and possibly dying? I know why… well, at least I found an answer for myself.
It is because there is a void in our soul. A gap that our brain so desperately needs to fill it with anything but the truth. Why do you think most addicts have a story to tell. Maybe this one guy was never loved by his dad, and instead of accepting the hard truth, his brain convinced him to start consuming drugs, start drinking, start borrowing money from people to gamble with, in order to prove to himself that indeed he doesn’t deserve to be loved because he is such a terrible person. Isn’t that ironic?
So what does this has to do with the phone or other small addictions? Well, it has everything to do with it. It doesn’t matter what the addiction is. One day it is your phone, shopping, games, and another day it is hard drugs, alcohol, gambling, money, and basically, things that can put you in immediate danger.