Writing and reading, in moderation, are just fine.
Like other vices – fine in moderation, not so fine in excess.
Reading and writing are comparable habits/addictions/obsessions. When they take over, when hobby or obsession take over, they rule, causing irrational decisions to be made. They cause re-ordering priorities such that important tasks and obligations are often avoided, re-booked or cancelled so their unquenchable thirst can be satisfied, getting what it needs most to first stoke and then to douse those flames so that appearances of normal can resume again … then I wake up.
These cause/effect things can be imagined by most people because, I believe, we all have our obsessions, our addictions, our ‘things we do but don’t admit to’ behaviours. For most of them and for most of us we simple accept it as a societal norm. People satisfy needs by eating – causing the greatest level of overweight and obese population in history. It’s examined as a trend, blame is focused on food additives and GMOs, rather than on ‘why people overeat’. We grouse about retail marketing and credit card debt – our economy depends on retail therapy (to say nothing of Christmas etc.) which makes cash registers ring rather than examining underlying issue. Besides, nobody can solve these problems. Really, is that what you think? These problems, as societal trends involving millions/billions, cannot be. But one person at a time, it shouldn’t be so hard. One person at a time, one day at a time.
I know I am preaching to the choir …
I am the problem, we all are the problem and WE all have to be the solution.
Your Honesty will get you back. Your ability to capture your readers, beyond excellent. It only took you 5 minutes because you think as fast as you write. Congrats on your accomplishments so far to date. Cheers!, MJ, Calgary, AB