The birthplace of desire, is unease. Unease is caused by one’s perspective or beliefs.
The desire to belong, to be significant and be accepted comes from the belief that we do not belong, are insignificant and unacceptable.
This is the core identity issue that compels people to try something or desire something or need something that they never liked, desired or needed in the first place.
Addiction or dependency or desire or need is an obsession of the mind and dependency of the body.
Obsession is simply a “mindset” which has been created but which can also be uncreated. It can be overcome though thinking differently or abstaining from the thought. Dependency can only be overcome through abstinence and continuously considering a new thing or paradigm.
Continuing to think on things, or continuing to have things impressed on one’s thinking creates a neural network or pattern of the thinking. The expression, “Out of sight, out of mind” owes it’s existence to this in that once we begin to think on other things, this neural network “disconnects” and a new pattern or neural network is created for what we are now thinking about.
A lifestyle or environment that confirms our identities as acceptable is an essential ingredient in creating whole and sober people.
As long as the environment around us continues to create beliefs in people in order to make them identify with, and desire a product or service, addiction or dependency will continue to exist.
This social reformation is every man’s responsibility. We are all accountable for our own self worth and the self worth of others too. We are our brother’s keeper whether we like it or not.
Quite simply, some things that we have accepted as acceptable today, would cease to exist if they were presented today as acceptable, if we had no previous knowledge of them.
Knowing what we know now about how destructive certain legal substances are today, would we give permission for them to be advertised?