The usual attempt at a humorous anecdote has been replaced by a philosophical reflection.
The world will correct itself by morning.
Good recipe at the end, though….
David Duchovny is in rehab for sex addiction.
Sex addiction; gambling addiction; alcohol addiction; drug addiction….
Over-eating; under-exercising; excessive risk-taking; pursuit of pleasure at any cost….
Are we, as humans, losing our ability to exercise self-control?
Are we losing our ability to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate behavior?
Not the kind of behavior that makes us a success in polite society but the kind of behavior that insures our success as a species.
Are we losing it?
Or, did we never have it?
Has our modern, technological life given us so much, so fast that we haven't had time to learn how to cope effectively?
Or is the idea of humans having free will, and the ability to exercise control over it, a myth?
Are we more governed by our physical wants than we would like to believe? Closer to the next rung below us on the evolutionary ladder than we think?
Is 'mind over matter' over?
There was a time, say, 20 years ago, when one had to spend money, somewhat publicly, in order to pursue an interest in pornography.
There was a time, say, 50 years ago, when drugs were still plant-based and difficult to find.
There was a time, say, 100 years ago, when the majority of the people did physical labor to feed themselves.
I remember a professor telling me that humans are only as honest as circumstances force them to be.
Have we been evolving, growing as a species, only because circumstances forced us?
Now that we have ample leisure time, the internet, easy food, easy sex, easy entertainment, have we stopped?
Have we reached the peak, as it were, and are now sliding down the other side, back into the darkness?
Have we lost the (human) race?
I'd love to hear your thoughts…
Potato and Feta Cakes
2 medium potatoes, (14oz, 400gr) cooked and mashed
4oz (120gr) feta cheese, crumbled
3 tbs snipped fresh chives
1 egg, beaten
1 tbs crème fraiche
1 tbs olive oil
Mix potato, egg, crème fraiche and chives well. Stir in feta. Divide into 4 equal portions. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add potato portions, forming into patties in the skillet, about 1/2" (1.25cm) thick. Fry until brown on one side, about 7 minutes. Turn and brown the other side.
It must be the pending move, but I'm really into easy cooking these days….
Or, am I devolving…..Uh oh….