No one likes to talk about addiction because it doesn’t have much to do with the positive side of life. I think it’s worth talking about because we all struggle with addicitions to different things. Two songs struck me recently that are about addiction:
Kesha’s “your love is my drug” and an old Taking Back Sunday song I used to listen to.
“Maybe I need some rehab
Or maybe just need some sleep
I got a sick obsession
I’m seeing it in my dreams
I’m lookin down every alley
I’m making those desperate calls
I’m staying up all night hoping
hitting my head against the wall
Because your love your love your love is my drug
Won’t listen to any advice
Momma’s telling me I should think twice
But left to my own devices,
I’m addicted it’s a crisis
I don’t care what people say
The rush is worth the price I pay
I get so high when you’re with me
But crash and crave you when you leave”
Could she have made it more clear? I think she hits the nail of the human condition right on the head – way to go Ke$ha. She is addicted to boys and what they give her. Without them she crashes and burns. She even knows it’s an addiction, but she doesn’t care what people tell her. She knows that left to her own devices, she’s helpless to get out of this, but the rush is worth the price she says.
Everyone needs to decide that for themselves: is the rush of indulging our natural desires worth the price we pay for it? Even though it never fills us and we need more and more?
A: “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever.” John 4:13
“180 by Summer” by Taking Back Sunday
“Go on just say it,
You need me like a bad habit,
One that leaves you defenseless, dependent, and alone.
Are you ashamed to say what you want to tell me you want to.
Why can’t you just be happy.
She says live up to your first impression,
Well my best side was your worst invention,
Can’t you live without the attention?
Can’t you live without the attention?”
This idea of “first impressions” is interesting – attractive or energetic people make us think they will share that energy with us. We tend to build them up in our heads as these amazing people, but forget that they are just like us and aren’t a source we can feed off of for happiness. “My best side was your worst invention.”
Why can’t we just be happy? No one can be happy on their own – we struggle for happiness our whole lives but none of our devices work. We all know that some of the most miserable people in the world are the wealthiest. Why can’t we be happy?
A: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17 “No one does good, not even one.” Rom 3