Monday, February 26, 2007

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Addiction? Habits? No Laughing Matter. Ferguson On Spears © copyright 2007 Betsy L. Angert Please ponder this presentation. The film may provide a fertile foundation for deeper thinking. Eye To Eye With Craig Ferguson On Spears In my earlier missive, The Price of Addiction. Bush and War I went out of my way not to discuss "dependencies" as though they were obsessions, habits out of our control. I did not wish to define a fixation as a tendency that could be easily contained. Personally, I believe there are physical, physiological, psychological, neurological, environmental, ecological, and emotional components that cause us to do as we do and think as we might. Every entity and each element effect our thoughts, words, and deeds. From my reading, research, and experience, I surmise there are many influences. Billions of determinants stimulate our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies. Chemicals etch pathways in the brain. Muscles have memory. We cannot clearly determine if any one occurrence is the catalyst for another. Avenues are opened and ignored. Trails are cleared and some take the trek. On any given journey participants will realize starkly different realities. Conscious choice is truly a challenge. The mind detects less than what occurs. Humans miss more than see, hear, or feel. Yet, although I tried not to engage in a dialogue that might be controversial, I received a comment on another site questioning my use of the common term "addiction." Please allow me to say, I accept that I know little. I understand nothing with certainty. I recognize that the mind and body can and do embrace habits. I have consistently indulged in many unhealthy activities. I participated in numerous wise and wonderful patterns. What worked well for me, ensures my safety, sanity, and stability remains mine. The behaviors that once caused great harm, I happily left behind. Last week,...