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Claude mentions how the excitement was a very large portion contributing to the addictiveness of his lifestyle. Do you think he got into drugs because of boredom? What other reasons can you think of?
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This desire for excitement is in all of us to some degree and is what propels us toward certain activities: skydiving, roller coasters, movies (where sights and sounds are bigger than life), firework displays, sporting events and so on. Some of these are more risky than others, but none require chemical alteration of the senses to be satisfying.
Unfortunately, many children and adolescents seek drug experiences to produce thrills that normal life and consciousness can’t duplicate. Some observers have argued that this desire to alter consciousness is universal, wired into humans much like the desire for food, and that trying to prevent it is as futile as sweeping back the ocean with a broom. Assuming this is the case (which is certainly debatable) does not mean, however, that any and all forms of thrill-seeking should be given free rein. A number of other human instincts are no less universal, but hardly virtuous: pride, greed, hunger for power, the desire to dominate other people, lust, selfishness and so on (reference from focusonthefamily.com).