I did some research into the minds of the creative while standing on the shoulders of a Hungarian Psychologist named
Mihaly Csikszentmihhalyi and his work on flow or the so called "Zone".
It was a truly enlightening work that anyone should actually take the time to read.
I did some cross references into other fields of expertise, to see why they fail more often than succeed, and the common factor is;" The Creative
Persona is a drug addict ".
The word aesthetic is derived from the Greek αἰσθητικός (aisthetikos, meaning "esthetic, sensitive, sentient, pertaining to sense
perception"), which in turn was derived from αἰσθάνομαι (aisthanomai, meaning "I perceive, feel, sense")
One crucial element with Aesthetics is that its very subjective, it gives a "creative persona" an environment of self exploring and a journey, however
you also create an environment that is hazardous.
A work of art has a higher value if it comes along with a "uniqe and tragic story" or with a "character".
The unfortunate event is that a certain type of people are all to often parasitic towards their nature and creation to fill their own simple place
with a higher purpose and meaning.
Offer an addict money and he will use it to fill that simple need, and a drug addict finds ways to fund their drug habits.
It’s no secret that drug addiction can drive people to do things that are completely out of character. When addiction takes hold, scoring drugs to
avoid withdrawals is a 24/7 job. And there’s no glamour in that kind of career path. Little girls certainly don’t dream of becoming prostitutes
who trade sex for crack rocks. And you’ll never find a little boy who’s eager to pursue a life of crime as a way to fund his heroin habit.
While it’s common to hear of addicts turning to prostitution, burglary, and car theft as a way to earn drug money, thousands find alternate funding
routes. Some of these “jobs” are legal; some aren’t. Legalities aside, there’s no denying that addiction can make people do crazy things.
Aesthetics is for the artist as Ornithology is for the birds.
— Barnett Newman
How addiction changes our brains
Experiments on mice show that drug abuse leads to permanent changes in the brain. Meet one of the scientists who is trying to reverse this damage and
treat addictive behaviour.
Addiction in the Brain
More people want to see you fail rather than succeed, its in our simple nature. Fills in one of the "Seven Deadly Sins" called "Envy".
But an inheritance from a strong character of a mother figure, the lack of funds and a curious mind with a confined space, will have a higher
possibility to shine.
Argh, that poor mouse! If I had my head shaved, electrodes shoved into the remaining gray-matter residing in my skull, and wires trailing out the top
of my head to some device, I would be madly clicking the button for relief, too! Don't we have enough evidence of how drugs (INCLUDING ALCOHOL)
affect the brains of those who chronically abuse them without torturing animals?
I'm going to spend more time with this. I appreciate the topic but I'm not sure I follow what you've laid out completely.
I watched the videos but haven't had a chance to read through everything you've cited, but one thing caught my eye.
You said that science shows that drug addiction causes permanent changes in the brain. From what I've read (which is by no means exhaustive), there
are virtually no changes in the brain "wiring" that can be considered permanent (barring traumatic brain injury, of course).
I've almost exhausted my knowledge on the subject here, but this does pose an interesting question. The reptilian level of brain management (medulla,
pons, and midbrain) are responsible for survival, but during addiction, isn't maintaining the addiction by getting and taking drugs part of survival?
I wonder what it all means.
And all this neglects to account for social influences, which must be at least as important as neurological influences. It's a fascinating world to
explore. Personally, I'm in it to try and learn something about how I "tick" as a creative person.
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I've long been in the understanding that A: Just about anything can be taken to addiction levels equatable to drug addiction and B: Every single
person is an addict about something.
The most common is people's addiction to other people. Often under the guise of "love", people will do anything to be with another. Frequently, the
choice is a bad one as there is no shortage of unhealthy relationships out there. Many cannot seem to deal with being alone.
But addiction comes in all forms:
Gaming(my own, also known as escapism, like any addiction)
And even, of course, frequenting sites such as this one
Addiction is a fascinating feature of humanity and simply no one is exempt from it in some form although I suspect smaller 3rd world tribal societies
don't suffer from it as much. It has to do with our society. This has been proven in some experiments like
Rat Park where given a haven-like environment, obsession with filling some void is lessened at
least. I don't think anyone considers this mess we've made to be a haven-like society for humans.
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