This is my third and last ‘hint’ of what to look for in my sequel to Web of Destruction. In the photo above, there are two characters who are in book one. You might be able to ‘guess’ which one I am describing here and if you wish, you might want to try and figure out what is happening in this scene.
Is this an engagement proposal, high up on the top of a building?
Maybe it’s a ‘secret’ meeting to pass on some street drugs?
Or is this a suicide (maybe a suicide pact)?
YOU be the judge and please leave your answer on my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you guess correctly, I won’t tell you now, but right before the sequel comes out you will receive a free, signed copy of both books. Make sure you check out the first two sequel hints also.
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As most of us know, many of our actions in life can lead to crime or being a victim. What I would like to present this week are ‘addictions’ and ‘genes’ that are passed down through generations. This is a subject I’m sure all of us are familiar with in some way or another—through our own lives and/or others.
Addictions are plentiful these days. People are not only addicted to drugs, which cover broad areas, such as: not just illegal ‘street’ drugs, but prescription drugs that are also sold on the streets and abused; then we have fast food/junk food, although yummy, some take it too far; alcohol, which is a drug; caffeine; cigarettes; even medicated cough drops, and the list goes on and on with varied opinions.
What I would like to accomplish with this blog is to have all those who read it answer the questions in your opinion. Can we get a very important discussion going? Do all of these in the list above and others have ingredients that cause the addictions? Or, are ‘people’ carrying an addiction gene from generation to generation? Thereby almost anything that gives them pleasure, makes they more social, or takes them to another place away from reality could be called an addiction. We do not see this ‘addiction’ in some of the same generation as those who ‘are’ addicted. If so, couldn’t we say then that this set of people in the same generation as those highly addicted, who are not usually addicted to anything, maybe lack self-control if they can’t get off of something that is bad for them, when they don’t seem addicted to anything else? (Sorry for the run-on). For instance, they may not be able to control their bad eating habits, but can have a drink twice a year and not crave it, or smoke some marijuana occasionally and not take it further without the addictive gene passed down to them.
Here is something else to think about on this subject: If we look at the children from dysfunctional environments, (including alcohol, illegal or ‘street’ drugs, prescription drugs and other addictions), many times we see one or two of the children go in the same direction of the ‘addicted’ parent(s), while a few or one other of the children go in the opposite direction. For example: the one who went in the opposite direction in life and is not ‘addicted’ to anything does not mean he/she can’t have a drink ‘occasionally’ and/or never drink again; or can’t have ice cream ‘occasionally’ or never eat it again if told it’s bad for him/her; can smoke marijuana for a medical issue for a while, and never need it again in the future. Question: How is that possible if these products cause the ‘habits’ we call ‘addictions’ and not the person’s inherited gene? Am I making sense? This has been my thinking for a long time and finally, today there are professionals in the field who have questioned it and believe this as well. What a relief! But they are still proving it. Please see one reference at the bottom of this blog, which explains it much better than I ever could.
We have witnessed that many of these cases of addiction lead to depression, crime, suicide, and various other outlets from the aggression, anger, and mental illness these addictions can cause when untreated. The products or the genes? What do you think? Please feel free to share your thoughts below on this very important societal issue.
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“The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee available on Amazon.com