Al Gore/Sociology-Addictions

Between the most basic and primative prt of our brain ,responsible for bodily functiond and instinct and the last structure within the brain to evolve,the part responsible for abstract thought and known as the NEOCORTEX, is teh huge portion of our brain that governs emotion,called the LIMBIC SYSTEM. In a very real sense ,the idea that human beings can function as disembodied intellects translates into the absurd notion that the functions of the NEOCORTEX are the only workings of our brains that matter. ... How can we concentrate purely on abstract thinking when the rest of our brain floods our awareness with feelings,emotions and instincts? ... But the cleavage between mind and body,intellect and nature,has created a kind of psychic pain at the very root of the modern mind,making it harder for anyone who is suffering from other psychological wounds to be healed. Indeed,it is not unresonable to suppose that members of a civilization that allows or encourages this cleavage will be relatively more vulnerable to those mental disorders characterized by a skewed relationship betewwn thinking and feeling. ... Mosst people respond to psychic painthe way they respond to any pain:rather than confront its source,they recoil from it,looking immediately for ways to nescape or ignore it.One of the most effective strategies for ignoring psychic pain is to distract oneslef from it,to do soemthing so pleasureable or intense or otherwise abosbing that the painis forgotten.As a temporary strategy,this kind of dsitraction isn't necesarily destructive,but dpendence on it over a long term becomes dangerous and ,finally ,some sort of addiction.Indeed it can be argued that every addiction is caused by an intense and continuing neeed for distraction from psychic pain.Addiction is DISTRACTION... Anyone who is unusually fearful of something -- intimacy,failure,loneliness--is potentially vulnerable to addiction,because psychic pain cause a feverish hunger for distraction.... {Al Gore is devout Catholic} Evidence of this spiritual loss abounds.mental illness in its many forms is at endemic levels,especially among children.The three leading causes of DEATH among adolescents are drug-and alcohol related accidents,suicide,and homocide. ... The false promise at the core of addiction is teh possibility of experiencing the vividness and immediacy of real life without having to face the fear and pain that are also part of it. ... bUT THE promise is always false because the hunger for authenticity remains. ... Once ADDICTS FOCUS ON FALSE COMMUNION WITH SUBSTITUTES FOR LIFE,the rythmn of their ndull and deaening routine become increasingly incompatible,discordant and dissonant with the natural harmony that entrains the misic of life.As the dissonance grows morre violent and the clashes more frequent, peaks of disharmony become manifest in sucessive crises,each one more destructive than the last. The disharmony in our relationship to the earth ,which stems in a large part from our ADDICTION to a pattern of consuming ever larger quantities of the esources of the earth,is now manifest in successive crises,each marking a more destructive clash between our civilization and the natural world... Some theorists aruge that what MANY ADDICTS are trying to hold at bay is a profound sense of POWERLESSNESS.addicts often display an obsessive need for absolute CONTROL over those few things that satisfy their craving.This need derives from,and is inversely proportional to the sense of HELPLESSNESS they feel toward the real world-whose spontaniety and resistance to their efforts at CONTROL are threatening beyond their capacity to endure. The bulwark of denial isn't always impenetralbe,owever.In the advanced stages of addiction, when the destructive nature of the patern becomes so overhwelmingly obvious that addicts find if increasingly difficult to ignore the need for change,a sense of resignation sets in. ... It's too late ,we think ;there's o way out. But that way spells disaster,and recovery is possible.With addiction,an essential element in recovery is a willingness on the part of addicts to honestly confront the real pain they ahve sought to avoid.Rather than distracting their inner awareness through behavour,addicts must learn to face their pain--feel it,thinkit,absorb it own it.Only then can they begin to deal honestly with it instead of running away. So too our realtionship with the earth may never be healed until we are willing to stop denying the destructive nature of teh current pattern. "Earth in the Balance" by al Gore.pgs 218-225

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SimonTemplar's picture

Last night at one o"best clubs"in town.Dirty/subfloor Coyote girls,overpriced gouged $5 for bucket o ice.Seeeing how desperately whe wanted someone to notice ehr see me.I am different .I AM UNIQUE.THERE'S NOONE ESLE LIKE ME. even if it meant getting into fight w.other girls wanting so much for someoen to notice ehr and ingoring how desperately I want ehr to notice me Some will sayOMH you should not put this on internet Trolls will attack this Getfeaking real.Trolls don;t care about LOVE/LOVE MEANS NOTHING TO TROLLS just egoes and HATRED.LIES AND GAMES SO SCREW THE TROLLS AND my feelings o love for Yo.Just seeing how necesary it is to have someone validate existance een when destructive validation Look at me/I am alive see me.olding on so hard workign so much to reach that place of feeling lvoed and cared for" "No money no friends." how often has someone drinking said that If I have booze/drugs=I have friends. well this thread is not attacks but just how world we livein creates addictions and earth is in the balance of debate. for those who have HUGE PROBLEMS WITH WORDS if words bother you/may I sugest you ahve deeper needs/exacerbated disorders besides the words addict and addiction but rather your own denial of psychological disorders "We can create living HELL on EARTH OR LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER." Lighthouse in mtns/needing Lords love.

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Rolf Ankermann's picture

it's in not knowing WTF is up. I posted this a while back and it says pretty much the same thing..... It’s not that we feel powerless over whether or not we can choose to use or not to use. The feeling of powerlessness comes from our inability to understand where our inner turmoil, pain and suffering is coming from. It is that pain that the self-preservation mode of our primal brain is programmed to combat. It seeks to end the suffering by whatever method is available without considering any kind of end game ramifications. It doesn’t care, it wants relief and it wants it now. Its job is to protect you from threats immediately. Like fight or flight it works on auto-pilot for survival. The powerless feeling comes from not knowing what the fuck is up and why. Now if you add to all of this, an attempt to tame the dysfunction by surrendering your will and it doesn’t work……..then what? An even greater feeling of powerlessness because now you have been conditioned to believe that the ONLY way that works, doesn’t work for you. What’s left? OBLIVION and sadly, sometimes…..WORSE.

Life is a variety of pressures. Air, food, other humans, .....suffering and the desire for happiness that caused it....and the eternal “W’s”. Take a deep breath and fill in the dot’s with anything you desire. Here is how I see it. If you attempt light a human being on fire or suffocate one then you may suffer your own demise at their hands. Human beings will eat each other. Human beings like kernoodeling and will take these risks in order to succeed at breeding. Health, power, skill and guile are the tools of gene selection. Everybody gets their own kit, They go from empty box to Thor’s hammer. You will use your tools or die whether you want to or not. Life exists in a state of infinite demand and limited resources. You will be robbed You will be judged by others. You will feel pain. You will die. This is enough pressure to kill over. The only thing that moves is the line and it never stops moving. We are designed by natural selection (evolution) to be the best that the planet can offer. This has and always will require “Thinning of the Herd”. You have seen it happen. You always hear the horsemen (great symbol eh?) on the horizon. They are the horizon. Depressed yet? The gypsies, prophets and scoundrels make their keep by knowing these realities. They have translated them into three laws. Everybody feels pain. Everybody wants something. Everybody misses someone. They produce and market these items. They fill the empty spaces in your tool box. That is the hole that alcohol and drugs get poured into. Followed by sex. Followed by idol worship. The only power that we have over this is wisdom. It is considered an esoteric practice learned by rote, repetition a carrot and a stick. We work better as a team, wisdom grows apart from an individuals portion. Whether or not you sell your time to a cult of salvation is rhetorical thinking, you already have. Don’t mistake that as singling out one religious, political, economic, social or whatever cult. It is ubiquitous in all groups of three or more. May your herd be thick, your crops bountiful and your heart grateful. It's all you're ever going to have.
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Gore points out that life/addictions do not happen in a VACUUM TENETS OF AA is step#4/all your problems are caused by DESIRE FOR HAPPINESS/ NOT Built in/from this natural selection of breeders/BIRTH BORN with desire for HAPPINESS/it's not the cause of suffering it's the SOLUTION/FIND YOUR HAPPINESS then protect it and watch it grow Gore's also pointing to POWERLESSNESS as outgrowth of modern living/pressure to ignore feelings and as AA says "think,think,think/don't feel just life in NEOCORTEX Ignore your feeling suchas DESIRE FOR HAPPINESS did anyone teach you that pain hurts and you should not like it or is it built in that we mostly/outside the bedroom/ do not like pain/we like pleasure not pain Many interpret Buddhas teachings with Christian viewpoint Buddha did not say to avoid your desire for happiness Simply put /look inside and find SAMADHI. In SAMADHI is ultimate bliss,joy,happiness w/detechment from death pains of old age etc/the shit tht life throws at us Also for anyone suffering from OCD./perecived illusion of needing to CONTROL EVERYONE and EVERYTHING life offers frustration as best things/laughter/love/friendship are all SPONTAINEOUS happenings and can't be controlled Realizing how impossibel CONTROL IS, the OCD's respond with immense suffering/pain.to avoid=distract themselves from pain of being unable to exert control over others and life itself=finding anaddiction.to distract from inability to acheive { illusion of}} need to control some are healthy/obsessive reading, studying,doing taichi for 4-8 hours in one day or daily something set as my goals when I finally find good hypnotherapist but other distractions are alcohol,drugs,sick violent behaviours.Negative results also masochism/sadism ec extremes of behaviour like dropping boiling hot water on my foot /angry and hurting myself {until morning /take pills and sleep/then hospital} Modern times ahve changed some of ancient theories about natural selection to include superior mind/abilities to exert control in such a way as to ahve succcessful business w/necessary funds to ahve best Dr's Survival includes having access to best medical care. Anyways hope I've written something that will evoke comments as believe it's time to focus on anti-AA and how to heal from whatever caused negative addictions/cures/treatments/changes that create successful happy life HAPPINESS NOT ENEMY/IT'S THE GOAL Lighthouse in mtns/sleep/if pain meds allow/hospital in morning damn but despise this subconscious masochism hurting me-self when I'm angry.

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criticoolthinking's picture

at lot of inner truth can be learned [more safely] from a drug "addiction" than by lusting after real life insatiable materialism(s)

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i embrace a multi-pathic view of disease and behavior science. neither is the only way for everyone, people are unique, some get diseases, some don't. some needs are beyond will power. some are not. group think kills individuals! critty cat.

criticoolthinking's picture

seeking/needing only happiness leads to tolerance/more need -> abuse

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i embrace a multi-pathic view of disease and behavior science. neither is the only way for everyone, people are unique, some get diseases, some don't. some needs are beyond will power. some are not. group think kills individuals! critty cat.

SimonTemplar's picture

What Goe's saying expalins why AA needs Sponsorship. When OCD'/CONTROL FREAKS encounter life and experience life has spontaniety and resists control they turn to booze and drugs/for the OCD -being unable to ahve CONTROL is soo PAINFUL/LIMBIC SYSTEM not primitave part o brain but the EMOTIONS hurt Feeling one'self in danger/OMG I need need need to have CONTROL but LIFE ITSLEF DOES NOT ALLOW THIS then response is not from primitive part o brain LIMBIC SYSTEM /which so much effort is made to IGNORE Emotions stirred up.fear o intimacy/failure/being alone tHESE area ll from the LIMBIC SYSTEM not the primitive NEOCORTEX/unique/not what's"Oh yeah .Dtuhh I already said exactly this yeah.I is be already has been done said theis NO cONTROLF REAKS need outlets which allow them to ahve CONTROL Why in AA does avryone encounter OBEY ME OBEY ME OBEY ME mAJORITY of AA and substance abusers suffre from OCD Seeing how OPF WARS ahve evolved/alwys it has been about CONTROL I want all to see me as being more o a GURU than Orange or more than 'so & so is/don't listen to him/ha ha ha he's wrong listen to me I know it ALL/GURUS seeking not Enlightenment but CONTROL AA offers control freaks aCONTROLLED EVIRON to further extend their circle/range o CONTROL What's suprising in Gore's comments is that feelig which AA builds from POWERLESSNESS is not neocortex/but is in the LIMBIC SYSTEM When feelings are so out o sinc w/life w/reality then only drugs/alcohol/ ADDICTIONS allow distortion o reality to continue .with addictive behaviour need is to seperate from REALITY to see life as EVIL/BAAD/too difficult to have happiness/joy /peace love LIGHT to enjoy life rather than trying to CONTROL IT. Too difficult to accept life is gift/wonderful/awesome/fantastic/incredible So let's feeder drain this into others and have them join in hiding from LIFE come to our meetings and we will offer a safe/sorta safe place to hide HIDE FROM LIFE/hide from reality as you're a sinner and life is baaahd. Control freaks will go to where they can exert CONTROL whether it be a FORUM TO TAKE CONTROL OF or anAA group /police work Govt but where Ever they ahve access to power and CONTROL Gore's comments explain why society needs to change patterns of consumption and denial must change/throughout SOCIETY Lighthouse in mtns alwyas waking up more.

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