Controlled by addictions
Muse #359 - of the humankind kind
“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.”
This was written by Nasim a while back. And he is partially right with his aphorism. But, it does need some upgrades.
I know for a fact my life of being a diabetic and my cravings for carbohydrates. But more so for the great killer combo of carbs fried in fat. Fat is not the enemy, they say. But tell it to a guy who had a quadruple bypass. I am tempted by it is possibly risky to my health and I might pay with years of my life, or whatever is left of it.
What Nasim missed here is the latest addiction that has become a pandemic. One that we are unable to see and is as hidden in plain sight as the virus kind. I am talking about mobile phones and the addiction of humans roaming around fingering one all the time, their necks bent at a 45-degree angle to read and type while doing other things - including walking around.
And we come to the final one, the monthly salary. Ah, indeed. This is the worse of it all. It dulls humans as nothing else can. Forces them to toe lines. Stops them from thinking and dumbing down their creativity by a margin. Selling their soul to do things by being slaves to whatever they are asked to do while continuing to grovel for the paycheck. And make us all below-average.
How can this be true? How can the majority of paycheck earners be below-average? that is because the ones who don’t take a paycheck and are working on (sweat) equity are laughing all the way to the bank with the profits.
I am guilty of this too. I am addicted to my work. And I vehemently remind myself each day that the paycheck is incidental. Ignore it and do the work. Then, perhaps then, it is possible to do great work, even on a paycheck.
And one more thing, humans are addicted to being themselves… and that is a bigger story to continue for another day.