posted on Nov, 4 2006 @ 10:37 AM
The House Never Loses
The human animal survives, partially because nurturing over bullying; healing over competitive attacks are hard-wired into our biology. Message
boards are like schoolyards and everyone knows how misfits fare in schoolyards. People should be warned: Message Boards are gambling with people's
lives. Boards can make people vulnerable and combined with cruelty it's a deadly mix. When the master said you're only as strong as your weakest
link, I don't think he meant you should dispose of them. Bullying is a major cause of suicide.
There appears to be a need to maintain a certain cliquishness on boards and it can be quite destructive. Especially combined with potent subject
matter. There is hypnotic effect to the computer screen that is similar to the one on slot machines in casinos. This combined with the physical
isolation that's part of internet use is creating a lethal activity. The slot players at casinos are often the most delusional. That's probably
contributing to the addictiveness of internet pornography. Internet addiction is destroying lives. I know of one woman who attempted suicide over
someone else's internet pornography addiction.
Sitting behind a machine, unaware of the state of the person your addressing, other than by what one can infer from the print, it's easy to throw
insults around. The pathology and the cruelty is a lethal combination. I have more than a little contempt for people who prey on the weak,
especially for the sake of decorum.
The human family is a global family and nowhere is this more reflected than on the mirror of a message board. The global family is not yet
functional. There are roles that recur in dysfunctional families with regularity. The hero, the lost child, the over-achiever and the scapegoat.
The scapegoat dies most often. Scapegoats always feel they must deserve it. You can only kick scapegoats around for so long. They die. Scapegoats,
if they survive and outgrow the dysfunction, make the best healers. They have the greatest acuity of insight, and they're some of the toughest
people on the planet. Scapegoats see right through you, they know that to stick the knife in, they only have to speak the truth.
Addiction is an illness with a biological basis. Denial and criminalization of that pathology only evinces the fact that it's systemic. It is
still treated like a moral weakness or evil. It is more prevalent in the modern psyche than is admitted socially. I'm sure rising suicide rates have
a corollary to the internet. Internet addiction in its most pernicious form, like any addiction, is a form of psychosis.
If they haven't found a biological indicator for suicide, they will isolate one soon. It runs in families. It's a little ridiculous to judge one
another for being what we are. Some people may find themselves vulnerable at certain points in their lives to suicide. There are the traditional
contributing factors. Some depressions are situational and need to be addressed with a change not a drug. Many people commit suicide as a result of
addiction and the real culprit or disease is never even addressed. Message boards, the internet, computer games - all add an extra dimension to the
phenomena. Now there's a new player on the scene. I see he's being greeted with characteristic derision. Such as that 16 year old boy who committed
suicide after 20 hours of straight game-playing. Everyone pointed a finger in scorn, and let the real monster get away.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a deadly mix with some activities. The longer the duration of use the more likely it is a person will have a
psychotic episode. There is a biological basis for the sickness coming from computer games, the internet etc. that is the same as a gambling
addiction. It can take quicker or slower pathological degrees - either way it is a disease. Combined with cruelty and the pecking order of human
society, it can be deadly.
Whenever an addictive cycle is established in the brain it permanently changes brain chemistry. That never changes back, that's why with substances,
abstinence is the only solution. It can also be the same for behaviors. Gamblers can never gamble again. Every person who has ever had a problem with
addiction is susceptible to internet psychosis. It may not be a full-blown fugue, any good psychologist knows that psychosis has functional forms.
Just look at some our socially condoned behaviors.
When people are isolated, emotionally stunted or depressed, they will often find themselves turning to the internet as an outlet. I think the
combination is deadly. A greater awareness of the destructive and addictive nature of internet use is needed. Easy to predict the activity
contributing to varying levels of psychosis and other symptoms of addiction. Header warnings wouldn't hurt. Addiction is a systemic and powerful
disease and its presence in society is already mis-diagnosed and treated like a moral failing instead of the result of human physiography. Addiction
is the leading cause of suicide. Namely addictions that don't require a substance, such as eating disorders and gambling. The despair endemic to
addiction that is based solely on behavior without a substance is the most deadly form.
I really do wonder how many people have died from internet addiction and the stats go unnoticed or undiagnosed. I believe it will be a bigger problem
in the future.
Until addiction and it's threat in internet formats are more honestly addressed by society, the death tolls will continue to rise. The internet
provides a depersonalized machination for the hen-pecking reflex of tribal living. Addiction is the great imitator and many people are mis-diagnosed
and treated improperly. The unlucky people who find themselves in the position of being eaten alive by addiction, ignorance are no more to blame for
their suicides than victims of other illness.
Many elders have predicted sickness would come from that machine. Some boards are more toxic than others. They are like casinos gambling with
people's lives. Who's the luckiest of the lucky? The house never loses.
The tongue like a sharp knife, kills without drawing blood. - Buddha
Que pasa con el caballo? That was the last straw for her.
[edit on 12-3-2007 by clearwater]