Welcome to another upload to the blog. Today’s discussion is on the nature of sin and addiction. If you have been following my YouTube channel which can be found (here) you would have already seen the corresponding video, however, I try to make the content here as well so that you can read about the discussion as well, just in case you are out and about and are unable to check out the video. As a result, if you want a more indepth analysis, please check out the video.
I decided to develop this discussion as this topic came to my mind and I felt it was important to discuss this topic more specifically. This topic is the nature and how one can deal with addiction. I want to make it clear that this video is not going to focus on “classical” forms of addiction like drugs or alcohol, rather it can be a discussion about sin and other forms of addictions which can be just as damaging to our lives.
After all, if we think about what addictions are. We realise that addictions are that which become a focal point of our lives. In most situations, addictions become that which drive us and define us.
Etymology of Addiction and Implications:
This is in line with the etymology of addiction which has Latin roots. This word addictus represents the idea of self-desecration, reverence, or respect to a higher goal, often seen with God. However, when we say that we are addicted to drugs, alcohol or parties, often time, the addiction is quite similar. We allow these constructs and actions to replace that “God” role and instead of trying to control these actions, we get controlled negatively by these problems. We loose direct control over ourselves and become passive in relationship to these addictions.
We no longer try to actively pursue these addictions and just blindly follow these stimuli in our lives. Of course, this is not to say that when we are addicted to something, we immediately loose all aspects of our lives. Rather, what I am trying to say is that when we get addicted, we loose our sense of control over what we are addicted towards. We are unable to have meaningful relationships outside the addiction and we can’t change our source of meaning and purpose.
Now this is rather extreme, but then even if it is taken less seriously or extremely, it still leads to a lack of control and awareness. For example, in most situations of addictions, we start off having control, but sooner or later we lose control over said action. By the time we realise its wrong and want to stop, a lot of us are already too late.
Addiction in The Gambler:
This is what we see in the Gambler. He realises that there is something wrong and harmful towards being addicted to gambling. But by the time he realises this, it is already too late. He already is fully hooked to the action. Despite rationally knowing the action is wrong, the Gambler is unable to stop himself from doing the same. Even though he tries to convince the “grandma” to stop gambling, he is unable to apply the criticism to himself.
This is the same for most sorts of sins and addictions. We know they are wrong and problematic. We can try to teach and guide others away from the problem, but oftentimes, it is impossible to clear them from yourself. Despite you warning other people away from the danger, you are very much in its grasp.
These are the themes and the main ideas found in the work The Gambler. So I would highly recommend you to read it and go check it out.
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