Just attended a panel discussion on drug addiction and the word ‘addiction’ caught my attention…could not get that out of my head…the word has certain depth…mostly used in bad faith…the word, the meaning definitely encompasses all of us.
We are all addicts.
Addiction…compulsive need…an abnormally strong craving…physiological and psychological dependence…when it is physiological dependence, we take it seriously, we have lots of organisations working for it…trying to make people aware about its consequences.
But what about psychological dependence on someone, something…doesn’t it come under the realm of addiction? I mean, I know that man is a social animal but at the same time, man is a rational animal too.
You can surely understand the difference between being fond of someone and being addicted to someone, you’re not necessarily possessive but (a huge one) when you are addicted, you are all possessive, insecure and interfering instead of caring… look around, I am sure you’ll notice many such things.
As everyone knows, we are almost disabled without internet, television, radio, mobile phones and yes, books… I won’t dare say that I am not at all affected, like all of us, even I get restless when my mobile phone stops working and I can’t watch my favourite programme on TV due to the shortage of electricity. I get irritated when my internet connection fails to work; surely, I treat my laptop as if its my baby.
Reading is surely an addiction, though a good one, ask an avid reader about it. It’s like the book becomes your world, you are lost in it. The world around you doesn’t matter.
Well, to conclude I would say that addiction is anything and everything that exceeds the limit, be it good or bad!