There's this ancient idea that it's possible to actually become addicted to Good. That you can-- over time-- develop not only an appetite but an actual need for beauty, truth, and health.
You see, Good is kind of a mixed bag. Some parts are immediately desirable: things like enjoying great friends, watching a sunset, or eating great food. These things are not hard to appreciate and most of us long for them. But then there's the art of creating great friendships, having the humility to appreciate sunsets or the patience to wait as great food is being cooked. These traits don't necessarily come naturally. They don't necessarily feel good...but they are good. Not only are they good but they become keys that unlock doors to greater beauty, truth and appreciation for life.
So while some Good is like sugar-- tasty the first time you try it. Other good is more like scotch. It's an acquired taste. Nobody likes scotch the first time they drink it. If someone tells you they liked it the first time, they're either lying or were drinking really expensive scotch.
Nobody likes humility the first time they taste it. Nobody likes patience. And while we appreciate the kind of life those traits provide, we don't always like the path to those provisions.
We want everything sugary, all the time.
But here's what I believe about Good; just like scotch, if you keep drinking it after a while you develop a palate for it. And after awhile, you'll become addicted.
I have my share of addictions (emotional ones, mostly-- they're not as culturally taboo but they still manage to ruin my life). I'm ready for addictions that nourish my soul rather than leaving it toothless and stealing my parent's jewelry. I'm ready for addictions that ruin my need to be right but free me to experience love. I'm ready for addictions that destroy my need to be in control but empower me to control myself in a positive way.
It won't all be hard, I don't think. But for the parts that are hard I say: bring it on.
I'm ready for some new addictions.
Posted on Thu, February 3, 2011