By Gerald G. May
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In short-term situations this seems to make sense. Some good things are done because of addiction. If someone is hungry, it is indeed better that they be fed by someone who is attached to doing good deeds than that they starve because someone else is “free” to choose not to feed them. But consider this hypothetical second person for a moment. If he or she were really free from attachment, there would be no reason not to feed the hungry one. Love, the core of our creation, would call it forth spontaneously.
I can’t handle it, and I’m too tired to even go on fighting. ” There may be some 48 / Addiction and Grace grace in this admission of defeat, but it is still misperceived by the addicted person. If the person is sophisticated in the language of Alcoholics or Narcotics Anonymous, she is likely to try to convince herself that this, finally, is the rock-bottom surrender that will somehow save her. But the “higher power” to which she is surrendering is not God; it is the addiction itself. ” This embittered, cynical reaction still has a depressive quality, but it seeks to preserve some vestiges of self-respect by bringing everything in life down to its own sense of worthlessness.
Virtually all body functions take place as a result of shifting balances among chemicals that have opposing effects. The body makes chemicals that stimulate the activity of glands and organs, and opposing chemicals that inhibit that activity. What actually happens in the body at a given time depends upon these balances. Nasal secretions are no exception. Certain natural body chemicals cause nasal congestion by increasing nasal secretion, while others cause decongestion by inhibiting secretion. The balance between these opposing natural chemicals determines the condition of one’s nose.