"Men do not like to feel themselves in danger. Yet, it is because there are real dangers, real failures and real earthly damnation that words like victory, wisdom or joy have meaning. Nothing is decided in advance, and it is because man has something to lose and because he can lose that he can also win." ~Simone De BeauvoirBasically, if your life was a perfectly flat road, you would be horrifically bored. You need to experience the highs and the lows, the uncertainties and the sureness, in order to experience life. If you do not do this, you cease to live. And as Jack London once eloquently observed "Man is meant to live, not merely exist". I can only speak for myself of course, but today I choose life.
Monday, June 18, 2012
And This Too Shall Pass
This summer, one of my side projects is to study and understand addiction. I've come to realize that many modern day addictions, whether it's alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, sex etc., are simply a way to numb the addict from the unpleasant feelings in life. The only problem with this method of coping is that it's two-fold. You see, when you numb yourself to the bad you also numb yourself to the good.