Humans must think twice about satisfying cravings

2013-01-07T00:00:00Z Humans must think twice about satisfying cravings nwitimes.com
January 07, 2013 12:00 am

Several philosophers and psychologists, past and present, have theorized that human beings gratify themselves on drugs, sex and violence in much the same way they satisfy themselves with food for hunger, drink for thirst and enlightenment for curiosity. All of these gratifications can become insatiable drives.

I find these theories basically incontestable. The excessive, abusive parameters of sex, drugs and violence are where the dangers of both self- and social destruction lie.

We are both the spectators and the participants feeding the mouths and filling the bellies of the beasts — excess and abuse — itching and scratching for every ounce of gratification sex, drugs and violence can deliver.

We are obsessed, sometimes possessed, partners of gloom and doom, witnessing and promoting our own demise in an arena of entertainment and sport, as our lives imitate our arts.

We have the willpower to choose whether we want our souls to live or to die.

- Sam Hunter Jr., East Chicago

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