Professor Alexander argues this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you. It’s your cage.
I think I was baited into reading this piece about addiction by Facebook, which makes it sounds like a malevolent entity. Fortunately, it is. I don’t like it when the sound of a thing doesn’t align with the thing itself.
Anyway, as I said in yesterday’s post, I’m just clearing out unnecessary “stickies.” I’m not sure why I was even holding onto this quote, like I was going to do something profound with it. “Ah yes, disease is an environmental adaptation! Eureka!” What is it about my cage that makes me addicted to [insert whatever it is that I’m addicted to]? No matter. I’ll take this article’s absolution. It’s definitely not me. I’m definitely not me. Wait, I’m my cage?