Any sort of addiction?
I’ve never met a human without some sort of addiction. Around 80% of working age adults are dependent on caffeine. But besides drugs…
There’s the obvious ones like gambling. Then there’s smart phones, the internet in general, giving advice, oxygen, companionship, pornography, sex, working, crypto speculating, power, racking up accomplishments, video games, tv, and certain monks spend enough time meditating for even that to qualify. Attention is an addiction that destroys the youth currently as surely as any drug epidemic. All social media, no reality, led by the pied pipers of shadowy algorithms designed by the architects of various psychopathic global cabals. TAnything your thoughts return to and you have trouble stopping… psychological addiction. Some people with ocd get addicted to religious or spiritual ritual.
Now so far this comment might seem stupid to you, like I’m just stretching things. Let’s rectify that, my dear therianthrope.
Ask yourself, besides the unavoidable addictions like oxygen and food, would I kill to satiate this habit, be it substance, activity, or state or status? If not, would I break any ideal I hold high? Would I abandon a loved one in need to satiate it? Would I steal attention away from something or someone I felt compassion for? Would I put in jeopardy something I knew was more urgent or important?
If not, you’re fine.
As they say in Dune, fear is the mind killer. Balance is important and I find, no matter the philosophy or mythology, that often those excessively concerned with spiritual matters waste way too much time thinking if they’re going to “hell” or going to fail at whatever.
This is not the density of understanding, as they say, even if we take Ra at his word what we have are words that besides some general cosmology, are but shadows of true understanding even if you obsess over this your entire life. Often of things I’m sure we’re quite incapable of truly grasping while our consciousness is filtered through a physical, ultimately illusionary or not, ape brain.
It’s hard in this world, but just try to find peace and love where and when you can. Keep your heart and mind open and play neither the tyrant nor the slave. Deal with the stones life throws at you as best you can.
As long as you’re not actively propagating, intentionally, suffering or enslavement or serving those that do and can still feel love, just let the river go where it may and satiate your curiosities with wisdom and whatever gems of knowledge you can gather.
You’ll find out something more when you die, just do your best until then.