Is addiction always bad?

“Everything in excess is opposed to nature”-Hippocrates

To put it simply-Yes addiction is always bad. I don’t understand the notion that there are some addictions that are good.

Almost everyone would agree that addiction to alcohol is bad because it causes damage to your organs such as the liver. Similarly, nobody except perhaps those who themselves are addicted smokers, would go against me when I say addiction to smoking is bad because it affects the lungs and causes cancer. Oh, and obviously 99% of the people would agree that addiction to toxic drugs is detrimental for our body.

Then, there are people who proudly proclaim that they are and are indeed addicted to things like caffeine as if it is a good thing.[I also have to admit that I am addicted to chocolate and want to show my addiction to the world. So yes, you can call me a hypocrite 🙂 ] Obviously it does minimal harm if taken in moderate amounts but then addiction to it is never good. Until consuming coffee remains a habit, there is nothing to be worried about but then if you can’t “live” without it then that’s a problem. I have friends who say, “If we don’t get coffee every day, our day’s productivity would be minimal”. What if they stop getting coffee some day? Would they be able to work as efficiently as they could if they had coffee?

On the other hand there are poeple who are addicted not to things and consumables but to talking yo people- their best friend, their boyfriend/girlfriend and their loved ones.(Again I’m guilty of it) Some people proudly show this addiction by posting on social media their call log which displays the call time.(Strange people).Similarly people are happy to be addicted to playing video games, watching shows and movies.(Again, I’m guilty) . I, myself was addicted to Clash of Clans, a mobile game, around 2 years back. This lead to a downfall in both my personal and social life. What people don’t realise is that getting addicted to anything is bad.

And yes, getting addicted to your work is also not something to be happy about. There is a difference between being passionate about something and being addicted to it. If you are addicted to your work, you will have no time for your family, for your social life and chances are you might end up getting depressed. Also, to all the parents and students out there, studying too much is harmful for the child. You might argue that formal education is necessary but so is having hobbies and a social life. But then partying day and night doesn’t do anyone any good.

Therefore, its not only drugs, cigarettes and alcohol which can have adverse effects on us. Almost everything in this world is deleterious if taken in huge quantities be it consuming excessive beer or talking too much!

To sum it up, when water which is the basic need to sustain life, is hazardous in large quantities, then there can’t be possibly anything which is good in excessive amounts.

Also addiction to writing and moralising too much can be bad so

Over and Out!




Is Money Overrated?

“Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference”- Barack Obama

We all seem to go after money. We all think that being ‘rich’ is the ultimate goal.We believe that once we have earned tons of money, our lives are successful. We dream of staying in luxurious hotels, dining in high-end restaurants and travelling business class with our OWN money.

It is very certain that money plays a very important part in our life. Nobody does not love having a comfy bed, a large T.V., having good food to eat and travelling and exploring the world. But is money everything? My answer to that is a big NO! The goal isn’t to earn money but being happy, satisfied and living lives on your own terms. Having money does not equal to being happy. I would rather have a middle-sized house and have freedom to take my own decisions in my job rather than having a big house but being under my boss’ command regarding all decisions. For me, if I am not free, I can never be rich even if I have lots of money. People say that they might cry in a Lamborghini than on a bus but I say to them that if you are sad and depressed, you would never care where you physically are because sadness doesn’t discriminate on basis of how much money is in your bank. Taking part in unethical activities and earning millions would never give you the satisfaction and you would always feel guilty deep within. People who earn billions commit suicide because they are depressed due to drug or alcohol addiction or they are not happy with what they are really doing in their life while people who are not so rich are often found to be the happiest. While some of us groan for the latest phones in the market(myself included), the poor always are often found to be happy and satisfied because they enjoy whatever they have.While me and my friends want the latest games for PlayStation and are still not content even after receiving them, the eyes of my domestic help’s son glitter when he receives a bar of small chocolate. Money does help but ultimately it is your mindset and thinking that decide how happy you will be.

Once you become rich, you realise that being rich does not feel that great to what it seemed like earlier. Fine-dining, Five-Star hotels and lavish villas would slowly start boring you. But if you help someone to stand on their own feet, the satisfaction you would feel would be immeasurable. You would never see billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg flaunting their wealth by wearing Gucci belts or Louis Vuitton shoes. But what they are often found doing is helping the society in some way or the other because for them, happiness isn’t just money but it is the satisfaction that they get using their money in a meaningful way and doing something for the benefit of others!

Your goal shouldn’t be to be rich but it should be to be happy and to do something exemplary for society. Having money won’t make you extraordinary but changing the lives of others for the better will!

Over and Out