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Cross-Wired ~ How Media Entertainments Play our DNA
by Scott Allen
First published at http://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/cross-wired/
Though Creationists may argue this point, our DNA has accumulated millions of years of hard-wired survival tactics, passed down and ready for nearly any conceivable attack or stressor that threatens us. The short time span that we humans have been considered civilized has been but a drop in the bucket of the storehouse of information our DNA has access to.
Hunger induces serious survival stress in any organism. When our ancestors felt hunger they went hunting to survive. This activity could last hours, or even days wherein the hunter was locked in a sustained, trance-like manner. These natural, heightened states were influenced by our physiology more than we may realize.
Nature works to ensure survival by elegantly producing particular neurochemicals that release exactly what is needed at appropriate intervals to empower, energize, focalize and even issue rewards for successful endeavors. Read the rest of this entry »
Yesterday I got a text from a female acquaintance, G, I’d met at a writer’s meeting. We’ve had coffee together before the meeting a few times during which I heard earfuls about how difficult it is putting up with her husband, who cannot seem to stay in recovery from alcoholism.
After a dozen years of her husband’s failed sobriety efforts, this woman feels exhausted in her efforts to get him into solid, long-term recovery and help the rest of his life not fall apart so he doesn’t lose his job, and therefore, their lifestyle. So, understandably this woman is at her wit’s end. Sound familiar? Read the rest of this entry »