On habits

The problem with habituation is that once you’ve fallen into a certain habit, it becomes extremely difficult for you to extricate yourself from it no matter how fiercely the rational mind may will. The security and comfort to be found in it is much too great for reason to overcome. Thus those people of habituation whom have (un)wisely come to realise the fraudulent character of their habits, the deceptive pleasure, the shackles with which they had self righteously bound themselves, will live in a constant vacillation between two poles, doing and not doing; such that whenever they resolve to act upon either option, the other pulls insistently in the opposite direction – “stop this folly at once!” or “do you not feel as if something were amiss?”. And so the heart can find no static peace to settle on, but remain always dizzied by the dilemma.

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