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Our dysfunctional, consumptive behavior is simply a futile attempt to run away from a pain

Our dysfunctional, consumptive behavior is simply a futile attempt to run away from a pain Our dysfunctional, consumptive behavior is simply a futile attempt to run away from a pain
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Many of you might doubt that we live in a “sea of pain.” I feel pretty good right now myself. But […] could it be that we are bravely making the best of things? How much of our dysfunctional, consumptive behavior is simply a futile attempt to run away from a pain that is in fact everywhere? Running from one purchase to another, one addictive fix to the next, a new car, a new cause, a new spiritual idea, a new self-help book, a bigger number in the bank account, the next news story, we gain each time a brief respite from feeling pain. The wound at its source never vanishes, though. In the absence of distraction—those moments of what we call “boredom”—we can feel its discomfort.

Of course, any behavior that alleviates pain without healing its source can become addictive. We should therefore hesitate to cast judgment on anyone exhibiting addictive behavior (a category that probably includes nearly all of us). What we see as greed or weakness might merely be fumbling attempts to meet a need […]. Advertisers play on this, selling sports cars as a substitute for freedom, junk food and soda as a substitute for excitement, ‘brands’ as a substitute for social identity, and pretty much everything as a substitute for sex, itself a proxy for the intimacy that is so lacking in modern life.

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