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A HOLDOVER FROM THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
This is all a holdover from the animal kingdom, in which these stress reactions generally involve a life-or-death struggle where your body may have been wounded. The opiate response kicks in AFTER the fight or flight response, once you've gotten away from the immediate threat. Its purpose is to get you doped out so you will stop moving around, giving your body some down-time so it can heal the damage that was caused in the fight or flight reflex.
So many people get stuck in this loop… having panic attacks, blasts of anxiety and fear, or outrage at "the government," et cetera. Then, once they've been through this, their brain kicks out a reward — which is literally identical to doing drugs, only it's generally not as intense or long-lasting of a chemical high.
As we're about to see, this thoughtform about "the end of the world" is a self-damaging addiction in its own right. The belief in an imminent Armageddon can be beneficial in that it gets people to focus more in the present, and enjoy the finer things in life they usually take for granted, but utlimately it is a very real form of addictive behavior. The people who become 'high priests' of this teaching end up spreading the addiction to many others.