Monday, April 12, 2010

Human body tends to adjust to an addiction

 August 21, 2007 By Mad Max (Seattle, WA USA) - See all my reviews

In this book, the author quotes a variety of experts & demonstrates that brain physiology, social function, etc., of some religious activities can parallel other addictions such as drugs and alcohol. This is the "high" of self-righteousness.

If you're unfamiliar with this concept (called "process" addictions), you might want to take a look at some of his sources. The most accessable readings include: When Society Becomes an AddictThe Addictive Organization: Why We Overwork, Cover Up, Pick Up the Pieces, Please the Boss, and Perpetuate SEscape from Intimacy: Untangling the ``Love'' Addictions: Sex, Romance, Relationships, & Incest and Sexual Addiction. Permalink

April 10, 2008 By J. Craddock (Burnsville, MN USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: When Religion Is an Addiction (Paperback)

He also points out how some Christian beliefs may be contributing to that fanaticism. Christianity teaches that even though humans are created in "God's perfect image," we are still broken, depraved and flawed beyond any capacity to change anything ourselves. In other words, while taking personal responsibility is considered to be a virtue, Christianity teaches we have absolutely no "human" ability to repair ourselves. We can't feel valuable unless God loves us. […]

After all, God tells us we are living under a death sentence and deserve unimaginable abusive punishment for an unimaginable time period if we don't believe and perform correctly. In the end all this very conditional love, that is fed as the "good news," generates the very shame that often leads to addictive behaviors. It takes a lot of energy to constantly run from a brutal and vengeful God, who can never be appeased, and from the hated incessant devil that never gives up.

Since the human body tends to adjust to an addiction, it eventually requires an ever larger dose. Just like the consumption ritual of alcohol, the religious fanatical rules, rituals and prayers also only work temporarily, so they must be repeated again and again - first weekly, then daily, then hourly, then more potent, and harsher, and more rigid, which must also be imposed onto or adopted by others. Permalink

No comments:

Post a Comment