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The curse of the itch. You get a tiny little itch and you enjoy a lovely scratch, mmmm delightful. What happens next is, the brain releases serotonin. Then you feel good, and it feels nice. So far it is win win, what is the problem Paul? Well when you scratch, it actually causes further itching to the area. This is part physical but almost entirely psychological – for instance, you will probably feel itchy now that I’ve been talking about it. You’re welcome.
So what has this got to do with the price of cheese?
Well it is a handy analogy for one, and there is no second reason. It is entirely to set up the next part of the post.
See, an itch is this big temptation, you know you can’t win. The only way to win is to break the cycle, and the only way to do that is through distracting yourself, or de-skinning yourself entirely. The second option is extremely painful and practically speaking, quite difficult. As for distraction, well try not to think of a red elephant riding a unicycle. See, its in there. Look at him go. Wee. Once you start to think about it, it is difficult to stop.
You may be surprised to hear my particular itch was not a physical one today, although I can report, since I started writing, my whole body now needs scratching. As for these anological* itches, they’re on twitter. I usually keep my twitter life fairly clean and clinical, I treat it like my home. I only invite respectful, caring and intelligent people in. Occasionally though a drunk person singing EN-GER-LAND LA LA LA! will bang on my window and moon at me. That was today.
I have very little time for people who are paid to be controversial, I’d go so far as to say the practice is despicable. For instance, if everyone didn’t like or take notice of them, their views would change accordingly, because the view follows the dollar. Like a fly to shit. It is courting of attention, self-indulgent moral corruption. The lack of social responsibility is astounding, but make no mistake, that is the product here. They sell off their social responsibility to the highest bidder.
I scratched the itch and exposed myself to one of these people today, and it was as toxic as I imagined. My mood changed instantly, my positive mood was sold for their publicity. It was not the hyperbolic and deliberately offensive language they used that was the problem. It was and is the core idea that they are fundamentally arguing for a worse world. That annoys me. Arguing for a less caring world, a less understanding world, a less tolerant, arrogant, divisive world. They’re promoting that. Whether that view is for money or not, it is an influential view. Influencing people who may not fully understand, or care about the truth.
That is what bothers me.
So I scratched that itch all day. It was annoying, painful and fruitless. Nothing was gained and I tried repeatedly to distract myself in any number of different ways to no avail. Turns out that it is less painful and difficult to entirely de-skin yourself than to read a tweet by Piers Morgan after all.
P.S Myself and an amazing illustrator launched a new project today to personify your mental illness or your difficult emotions. For more details head over here.