“Religion is for people that don’t want to go to hell.
Spirituality is for people who’ve already been there.”
Recovery is an inside job. Each of us does the work from within.
When our self-will fails and our best plans devolve into intoxicated technology abuse, then perhaps we become willing to access a resource greater than ourselves.
I’ve written about the pain of hitting bottom with technology addiction, and how I came to fully appreciate the consequences. I’ve gone through a hell of my own making, and I’m less concerned about going to hell in another life than I am terrified of a living hell. Continued tech-abuse, isolation from others, mindless servitude to tech, and obsessive craving is hell.
Greater Than Self
“You can’t solve a problem on the same level it was created.”
– Albert Einstein
Left to my own devices, I used my best thinking to create systems, plans and self-discipline around technology use, each of which ultimately failed. My addiction exists at the level of my mind, and I need a solution greater than myself.
Call it what you will, but I require a relationship with a power greater than my conniving mind.
Why? Because I keep restricting my tech use, planning my way into tech-sobriety, and always failing. That’s a brand of insanity which I’ve been unable to solve with logic alone.
For me, one place I find a power greater than myself is in community. A network of fellow tech-addicts. As in 12 step traditions, “we admit our powerlessness over technology.” The we is what counts. When I relate to another tech-addict, I am larger than my tech-addicted self, and can begin recovery.
That’s my first step toward a spiritual solution. What’s yours?