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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Quote of the Day (James Taylor, on How Addiction ‘Freezes You’)
“A big part of
my story is recovery from addiction…One thing that addiction does is, it
freezes you. You don’t develop, you don’t learn the skills by trial and error
of having experiences and learning from them, and finding out what it is you
want, and how to go about getting it, by relating with other people. You
short-circuit all of that stuff and just go for the button that says this feels
good over and over again. So you can wake up, as I did, at the age of 36,
feeling like you’re still 17. One of the things you learn as you get older is
that you’re just the same.”—Singer-songwriter James Taylor quoted in Paul
Sexton, “James Taylor: ‘A Big Part of My Story is Recovery From Addiction',’” The
Telegraph (U.K.), June 20, 2015
I have thought
of Taylor’s quote a great deal in thinking of the current opiod crisis and its origins.
The first indication of massive U.S. drug addiction came early in the late 19th and early 20th century, when
Civil War veterans turned to a variety of “medicines” for pain management.
James Taylor’s form of “pain management,” however, was of a different sort: to
ward off the depression that continually afflicted him in his youth (a trauma recorded in his harrowing "Fire and Rain").
manifestation of the opiod crisis really came out of left field, as far as I am
concerned, but I doubt if it would have surprised Taylor in the slightest. He
has spoken for a whole generation in enduring and getting through all manner of
pain. I hope that many others in the U.S. now find the kind of help he was eventually able to do.
I'm a librarian (no, NOT a "cybrarian" or "information scientist" or any of the other trendy terms the profession has come up with), as well as a freelance writer/researcher; my political leanings are contrarian, much to the dismay of friends on the left and right, and so I will give anyone looking for my vote exactly what they deserve -- the back of my hand