The thirteenth step

There was an interesting discussion on dealing with substance abuse, or more generally, addictive behavior, at the new 4&20, Reptile Dysfunction. It’s a problem that needs some drilling to get to the underlying dysfunction, which is spiritual.

Indeed, all “addictions” are merely habits, with no magic code needed to undo their spell. If you drink too much, drink less. If you gamble too much, stop gambling. There’s no need for twelve-stepping your way into someone else’s control, or worse yet, into submission group tyranny (which is, interestingly, why the new RD blog exists – Democrat group tyranny).

If you are unhappy with your behaviors, change them. It’s under your control, always has been. It takes maybe two weeks to change a body habit, and maybe six months to cleanse the mind.The big hurdle is that people find the straight life filled what triggered the addiction to begin with – boredom. We need to find a way out of boredom that does not destroy our bodies and minds.

I know that sounds overly simplistic. The two-week habit breaking drill often doesn’t stick. Boredom ensues. Bob and Bill, the two founders of AA, knew that the underlying problem was a spiritual malaise, and sought to impose the only cure they knew, twelve-stepping to God. People had to give up control of their own lives to stay sober.

Yecch! If humans are powerless creatures in need of external control to be happy, man, we suck.

There is another way, empowerment versus the disempowerment of 12-stepping. If a person can release from self-imposed chains, find intellectual and physical strength, and set his own course, he can be happy without those habits. It is amazingly simple and difficult at once. We are surrounded by addictive temptations, from television to sports to sex and substances (which, by the way, in moderation, are fun!). Our education system imposes a tyranny of the dull, the Pogie’s in charge of the store making sure that bright kids keep their little lights dimmed by repetitive exercises in memorization, relearning and regurgitating what is already known. That way minds are turned off.

I do not know why the overlords fear education, and prefer turning minds off instead of on.  But surely they must. They have gone to great lengths to ensure that after twelve years, our children leave school with no curiosity, no excitement in learning, soon thereafter joining the dismal parade to church, the military, the ball games, the bars, casinos and strip joints.

Those considered “smart” are further dumbed down in some discipline that distracts them from all others, to become “experts” in accounting or law or auto mechanics or “nutrition” to the exclusion of everything else. Thus by over-focusing on one activity are even the bright ones dumbed down.

Life is exciting! Everything of interest is hidden in plain view.  But we are trained and conditioned not to know things, not to satisfy natural curiosity. It takes no genius to unravel the silly lies that keep us occupied doing nothing … false flaggery and fear, elections and jobs and civic dialogue all reduced to the lowest possible level of intelligence. Of course it is boring! Of course it is stifling! Of course liquor and drugs, gambling and sex offer more than our boring existence!

It could be that bodies and minds dulled by years of substance abuse or other addictive behaviors never recover. If that is so, let them go. We cannot save them. Perhaps we can salvage the young, turn on their minds, free their intellects from prison and unleash the joy and excitement of life that comes from feeling one’s own self-guided power. Hand the key to them. I’d they do not open the door, they cannot be “saved.”

Honestly, if twelve-stepping is the answer, let’s add a thirteenth: suicide.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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7 Responses to The thirteenth step

  1. steve kelly says:

    “Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving. And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    “All three—Bradbury, Huxley and Orwell—had an uncanny knack for realizing the future, yet it is Orwell who best understood the power of language to manipulate the masses. Orwell’s Big Brother relied on Newspeak to eliminate undesirable words, strip such words as remained of unorthodox meanings and make independent, non-government-approved thought altogether unnecessary. To give a single example, as psychologist Erich Fromm illustrates in his afterword to 1984:

    The word free still existed in Newspeak, but it could only be used in such statements as "This dog is free from lice" or "This field is free from weeds." It could not be used in its old sense of "politically free" or "intellectually free," since political and intellectual freedom no longer existed as concepts...."   - John W. Whitehead

    Something seems to be afoot. Stars aligning? The pattern is changing ever so slightly. Silly optimist.

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  2. larry kurtz says:

    Why Jay Stevens endured the misogyny, depressive negativism and hatred sliming a forum he founded remains a mystery. Lizard’s dysfunction, however, is as plain as yours, Toke: you both loathe everything.


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