I have been thinking over the idea that humans are just living addictions. We all get stimulus to our brain from something that pleases us and we try to get as much of it as possible.
This is such a simple thing to realize and it could make it real easy to improve our quality of life by managing our addictions.
We all need some essentials in life. Shelter, food, and water are the main essentials we must have. The more time and energy it takes to cover those needs the less time and energy we have for addictions.
If you judge how good of times we are living in by how difficult it is to get, and the quality of food, shelter, and water, I would have to say we are living in the best times ever, or at least the possibility of the best times ever.
The reason it would maybe not be the best times ever for an individual would be the addictions in your life. If your addictions create pleasure in the moment, and don’t create problems in the future your quality of life is good. If your addictions create problems in the present or the future your quality of life will suffer. If the people you are around have bad addictions they could impact your quality of life as well.
I would like to challenge you look at the addictions in your life. Maybe list them in the order of how they control you. I feel the real threats to quality of life are, uncontrolled emotion, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, living beyond your means, and lack of belief in a higher power.
Another thing that seems to me to be a real addiction is technology. I think it will add to the quality of life as much as anything, but it is so important not to become so addicted that it replaces some other great addictions we can have to improve our lives now and in the future. Don’t get to far away from the basics of survival. All of this technology could be gone in the morning and your addictions might quickly change from Facebook to getting a drink of water.
I hope this is as fascinating to think about for you as it is to me. It seems like such a simple way to improve things in our life. You have not heard the last of my thoughts on this.
~ Curt Pate
I highly recommend reading Power vs Force: the hidden determinants of human behaviour by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
It is a fascinating read that I think ties into this topic.