- On February 22, 2017
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The drug addict is the prophet of our times. A prophet doesn’t necessarily tell you the future, but tells it like it is in the now. He’s truth’s voice. Drug addicts prophesize through the futility of the frantic search for satisfaction. He finds a false rest in the moment of a high, is aware it is fleeting, yet presses on in a sort of busy despair. He parties not in celebration of anything good, but to numb the fact that goodness is unreachable. His party numbs the pain, but he doesn’t pretend the pain is not there.
We who do not heed his call do not know our pleasures are empty, that our searching for happiness is in vain, and to not reasonable expect the falls after our temporary highs.
There is a demon that the saints, especially the desert fathers, recognized in this vein – the one that comes in the daytime, during our work, to propel us further into nothingness. He was called “the noonday devil” precisely because he comes in the light of day while we are at our normal duties and work. The name of the state he tempts us to is called acedia, which is a form of despair when life itself is seen as hopeless drudgery, even if it is a necessary drudgery….