Rat in a Cage

133 words published on March 17th

What we think about when we think about addiction is wrong. Your life, or the way you think about your life, is the culprit.

Consider the classic rat-heroin experiment. If you put a rat in a cage and offer her water or heroin, she’ll choose the candy. That’s addiction, right?

Wrong. It’s about the cage.

Take her out of the cage and give her a world worth being in and guess what she chooses? She chooses water. Every time.

Same thing for people.

This is a complicated discovery.

It means we’ve got to get better at figuring out who and what our cages are made of. It means we have to think about what we want and have the courage to act on it.

Sometimes it will be easier to choose the cage.