the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
Ain’t everyone an addict ?
Would you dare say you’re not addicted to something ? Is there nothing “you can’t stop/live without ?” I think addiction got a societal meaning as well. We, as human, are quick to define as addiction every habit that we would dim “unnatural”. This is why it’s so easy for a lot of people to ignore their own ddictions and hurt others in the process. It’s way more easy to criticize someone about their addiction to any kind a drug when you yourself are addicted to food for example.
If you think about it for a second, everything is an addiction in some sort. But some of them are positive, some are considered negative. And there is no-one to decide that but us. Having to check on you email every day is good or at least not bad. Fairly common I’ll say. That’s a good habit. Why is it a good habit ? Because it helps productivity, it makes you efficient. It’s socially accepted as something that leads to a positive outcome. Drinking coffee is the same. God was I addicted to tea when I was in Taiwan. I could drink up to 8 teas a day. I couldn’t work without my drinks. Ain’t it exactly the definition of an addiction ? Nevertheless, hardly anyone cared about this. Because it leads to me being productive. Because it leads to me helping society.
Thus, nothing is naturally wrong or right. Only us, as a society, can decide this. It’s only natural that we, as humans, search for moral values. We search support in rules, we choose ideologies, because we live as a community. We have to live together and we can live together only if certain conditions are met : we are crushed by the same laws, we work towards the same goals or/and we have the same moral values.