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The force of habit

To speak of habits is to imply a certain slightness. Usually, they suggest only a small deviations from normal behavior, and most things we call habitual are ultimately benign. What if, however, we replace the word with a less trivial synonym? Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, who has written popularly on habits, substitutes “tick, obsession and addiction” to…

High

As I write this, I am overcome by euphoria. Dazed with joy, I can’t do much else besides focus on this experience. This isn’t my first time with this feeling, though, despite my fixation. Its warm, enveloping bliss isn’t the result of any readily available drug, though the effect is much the same. It comes to me only after a…