Hangovers are painful. A hangover in church is even worse. Why do we put ourselves through such things?
One of the reasons the temporary relief of being drunk gets to be so precious is that getting drunk knocks one’s conscience in the head. For a while the goddamned moralist [echo chamber] within shuts up. That is wonderful for a little while, but when you sober up the moralist within works overtime. Then the payback is not just a hangover, it’s a hangover in church. For this you need immediate relief, so you hit the bottle again. A vicious cycle.
… This is the vicious cycle of addiction. Permanent addiction to temporary relief occurs, particularly if drugs or alcohol contrast strongly enough with whatever alternatives people have for relief from their own minds. Entrapment in the ghetto of the mind is a worse alternative than addiction for most addicts, so they stay addicted. __ Radical Honesty by Brad Blanton
Addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and cheap thrills such as petty crime, dysfunctional sex or pornography, taking risks on the highway, etc. are temporary ways to escape those accusing voices in our heads.
It Starts With Internal Dishonesty — Lying to Yourself
Habits of thought formed in childhood can stay with us for the rest of our lives. Before we become addicted to drugs or alcohol, we become habituated to dishonesty and chronic cognitive distortion.
Repeated temporary escapes into drugs and alcohol can destroy a person, and damage his family and work. Worse, a person who has never learned to face themselves and their lives honestly can easily escape into larger hells — such as giving one’s mind over to a decadent or destructive group ideology, which can contribute to the collapse of an entire community or society.
This is the huge risk of bundling our children far away to university, where the combination of drugs, alcohol, hookups, and full frontal ideological indoctrination can overwhelm those who were never prepared for such broad spectrum brainwashing. For those who never learned to think for themselves, now they won’t have to.
It is a huge disconnect, psychologically, between whatever “common sense” rules you live by, and the ideological mindset that predominates on university campuses — and within the group minds of those who have been university trained over the past two or three decades. This “hive mind” mentality is prominent in the media, on the streets of Seattle /Portland /Minneapolis etc., in the corporate offices of Twitter /Google /Facebook /CNN etc., and in far too many government bureaucracies and halls of legislature.
New generations of lawyers are so tightly locked into this groupthink mentality, that the only hope for “rule of law” and meaningful rights under the law, rest in the hands of the dwindling number of judges and prosecutors who still understand their constitutional limitations.
Benjamin Franklin had his doubts as to how long the constitutional principles of the new republic could survive when placed at the mercy of mob rule, or democracy. And so he has been proven to be right, although after almost 240 years or so. The idiocracy waits in the wings.
All of this might have been prevented, if children had been raised to think for themselves using honest patterns of thinking and emotion. Entire generations have been lost to this groupthinking hive mind deception. Even more generations are at risk of being lost.
You can only make an informed choice when you are radically honest with yourself first, and with those who mean something to you.
Cognitive Distortions prevent you from seeing yourself and your world honestly.
It is easy to escape into the staccato relief of addiction, even with the inevitable hangovers (in church) that you will have to suffer. The most difficult addiction to escape is the addiction to our pathetic image of ourselves. Digging ourselves out of that hole is going to take a lot of work.