I recently had a conversation with a friend about some of the worst viruses that existed in human history and we got to talking about the what makes for the worst. Is it the number of people that die, is it the number of people who suffer symptoms, or is there some other metric?
Well, in our conversation, I told him that I found a book recently, one that I really feel compelled to share with you, that is what is called a hackbook. If you don’t know what a hackbook is, that’s okay. A hackbook is one where a hack author, not just a hack, takes another text and hacks it to represent the hack author’s needs. And in my conversation with my friend, I told him about how I thought that pornography had become the worst virus in modern history and that this hackbook I read recently offered a really impressive vacination.
My argument for why I believe that pornography is the worst virus to have infected man kind is because of the number of people infected and the wide array of symptoms that manifest due to consumption. If you want a immense breakdown for what porn does to your brain, check out your brain on porn. Really incredible stuff, and it is referenced in the hack author’s book called “The Easy Peasy Way to Quit Porn.”
Basically, this book was written using “The Easy Peasy Way to Quit Smoking.” And as you are reading it, you can clearly see the similarities between these two incredible substances. But the main point that I want to drive here is that after reading this book, I was incredibly astounded by the kinds of introspective questions that it encourages you to ask your self. Some of them really took me by surprise.
Now I know what you are thinking, I don’t look at porn. That’s where I think you need to stop kidding your self. You might not be looking at the tube sites and you might not be indulging in HD DVDs from truck stops, but you most certainly are looking at porn. And it isn’t in a way that you might think. Say you like to watch football, and “the best part” is the cheerleaders between commercial breaks. Or you love sports illustrated or GQ or Cosmo. Or maybe you are one of these people that don’t like watching Game of Thrones on HBO. Heck you might only ever get on the internet every once in a while just to surf social media.
And that’s just it, porn takes on so many different forms that it is in your very own social media. Don’t believe me? Do you ever go to instagram? Do you ever visit snapchat? do you ever use facebook? Heck, I bet you will even find porn on LinkedIn. You see, pornography stimulates a portion of your brain to fire dopamine. And pornography doesn’t have to be naked people to get your dopamine sensors firing, that’s why the romance novel industry is as sought out after as it is.
The fact of the matter is that pornography is any instance where you are served with supernormal stimuli, and your brain fires off dopamine because of the exaggerated stimulus. Over time, normal stimulus doesn’t bring you pleasure and you must spend more and more time, going to further and further means of getting dopamine. I mean, did you see how incredibly fast TikTok caught on? It is the newest rush of dopamine.
Once you have an idea of what supernormal stimuli is, you have to be very paitient with your self. Reading this book, The Easy Peasy Way to Quit Porn, will help understand where supernormal stimuli is in your life and the fastest and easiest way to quit participating in it. I would love to tell you what the secret sauce is, but you really should just read the book and see for your self how little supernormal stimuli is doing nothing for you, only costing you, and how easy peasy it is to stop indulging.
The biggest reason that I wanted to share this book today is because I too had a porn addiction, just as I have suffered a cigarette addiction, a pot addiction, and a booze addiction. Addiction is incredibly destructive, and it rears its ugly head in a way into a person’s life like you wouldn’t imagine. But before you go off thinking I was some degenerate of the most epic proportions, you have to understand, I did not choose to be addicted to porn. And likely, neither did you. I did not choose to become enslaved in the vice. I did not choose to become infected by the mind-virus. But I did choose to see the truth. I did choose to see what it wasn’t doing for me. I did choose to see how I don’t need it anymore. And I did choose to be grateful to be done with a terrible addiction. And guess what? I haven’t been happier.
And that’s what I was getting at with my friend, that like a virus, porn infects a person unknowingly and manipulates their behavior to propagate the the virus on to others. Porn is free, like a virus, and the symptoms are not always readily apparent, like a virus. But over time, the virus of pornography begins to change behavior, change demeanor, change the very structure of you mind until you must have pornography to satisfied. Regretfully, it is like drinking ocean water – the more you drink, the sicker you get.
The same is true for romance novels on your eReader (“I only read before bed, or on my lunch break.”), or instagram (“I just check it everyonce in a while.”), or facebook (“I look at it when I am in the bathroom.”), or snapchat (“I like to check it when I am driving.”). The point is that we have become so addicted to supernormal stimuli that we have encouraged our phone companies and social media giants to make it fit in our pocket, stream HD, and on demand. It isn’t that you miss being connected to other people when you don’t have your phone, its that you don’t have access to supernormal stimuli and you might suffer withdrawals.
Alright, this was definitely a departure from my normal book reading, but this book was really good and I want to encourage others to read it when they can see that now is the time to make a change: The Easy Peasy Way to Quit Porn.