Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Who is a Success?
The idea went through my mind about who is really a success. In the world where everything is a competition I suppose that living until your genetic potential is a competition.
We can get a rough estimate of what our genetic potential is by how long our parents and grandparents lived. If we live the same way that they lived then we should be able to live the same length of time. On the other hand, if we live a much healthier lifestyle we should be able to outlive our ancestors by several years, if not decades.
People who use addictive chemicals and continue to consume them fully knowing that they are killing themselves are either so addicted to these chemicals or they are suicidal and are seeking a way to get out of their horrible life.
Which chemicals are included in this list? The obvious ones are tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, and of course prescription and over the counter drugs or medicine. The less obvious ones are foods like meats, dairy products, nuts and seeds in excess, condiments like garlic, onions, salt, pepper, spices, vinegar, etc.
Even cooked and processed foods that are low in fat are dangerous and life threatening.
When someone who is clealy continuing to consume dangerous chemicals and knows that they are slowly killing themselves dies at an early age are they a success or a failure?
An analysis of their behavior would point to a success. They behaved in such a manner that is consistent with someone suicidal. They succeeded in killing themselves and therefore died a success.
On the other hand if they lived to an age that was way beyond their life expectancy they were a failure. They failed at their goal of suicide.
Would you like to be a success or a failure? Why does it seem like the vast majority of people are successful at a slow suicide?
Is it that they just enjoy the thrill of getting as close to death as possible without actually dying? Was their goal to just get some attention and pity or was it to actually die?
Who on this planet doesn't know that smoking tobacco products, or just using any kind of tobacco porduct is dangerous, probably more dangerous than crossing a busy freeway. I think most know that but still they continue to do it.
I suppose the short addictive pleasure the tobacco gives is just so much better than the pain of reality, knowing that a nearly certain premature death is waiting down the road.
Are you one of those people? Are you just enjoying your dangerous lifestyle so much that you are ignoring the consequences? If so, it might be time to make some changes and instead of being a success at suicide, be a success at avoiding it.