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Episode Info: Hi, I’d like to present an idea: “For an addict, it’s not unreasonable to take radical steps toward self-betterment.”                      Suppose you considered yourself addicted to supernormal stimulus. You’d notice of course, that its presence was pervasive and all around you—almost like you were an alcoholic working at a bar. Except, that in this case—the case of supernormal stimuli—you’re not afforded ultimate control over your sensory intake. Good luck trying to block out sights, sounds, smells or otherwise; especially those focus-grouped and continuously engineered to better hijack your attention. This reality, rather, of addiction to comfort, is more like trying to quit voluntary alcoholic consumption, while being subjected to forced-down hourly shots of vodka.     Here, I will examine the Comfort War through the lens of addiction; providing a rough outline of the scientific phenomena that I often refer to as being “consumed by passion”. The Comfort Warrior finds his/herself distraught, feeling that they lack the faintest sense of motivation within a life saturated by meaninglessness—and yet that could not be further from the truth. A roaring ambition resides deep within them. It is only that they’ve been overcome by its constant obsessive intensity; that they’ve suffocated it under layers of comfortable indulgence. Consumed by their own passion, prone to bouts of despair and frustration, they are for brief moments, vividly aware that they are not themselves—they are not the way they should be. Only by leaving themselves ungratified by cheap stimuli, does it surface their awareness in a booming riotous salvo of self-discovery, self-discipline, and the pursuit of clarity.     Let start by examining dopamine and endorphins. To briefly describe the function of these brain chemicals, we’ll take a look at two studies conducted on mice. In the first[1], researchers genetically knocked out their dopamine receptors, and the mice would not eat food that was placed right in front of them—and would starve to death. However, they would enjoy, chew and swallow food that was placed in their mouths directly. In the second[2], researchers knocked out the endorphin receptors of infant mice, and when separated from their mRead more »

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