Book: Insanity - Beyond Understanding by Bajeerao Patilcategories: Book, Recovery, Drug and Alcohol, Self-Help, Non-Fiction, Social Issue, Addiction
Bajeerao Patilabout this book: This nonfiction work has many characters with addictive personalities. It highlights the selfish behavior, distorted thinking, the "my way or the highway" attitude of people who believe that the world revolves around them. How they refuse to be happy and how they love misery. How they are programmed to believe that they cannot live without sex. Drugs come before anything else in their lives. Once in a recovery state how they often focus on developing a relationship with a "higher power" but fail to realize that without developing a relationship with themselves, they cannot develop a relationship with anyone or anything else including a "higher power." How they want to be accepted by others but refuse to accept themselves for who they are. They place their happiness in other people and material things. Immediate gratification is their sole goal. How easily they forget the consequences and pain that comes from the use of mood altering chemicals. How they live in the past or in the future, never in the present. How they worry constantly about their lives but do nothing to improve their situation. How they refuse to take responsibility for their own behavior and their tendency to blame others. How they look for shortcuts, for quick fixes, even though there is none.
This book is about the plight of people who use mood altering chemicals, their struggle, their frustrations and their hardship. How some of them give up in the middle of their struggle. This book also has some characters who never give up, never quit and they become winners. The wide spread materialism in the world. How the change in family structure from close extended families to single nuclear families impacted social life. How children grow up without proper role models. How they are shunted from foster care to an orphanage, to the home of a distant relative, back to foster care, etc. Many grow up on the streets after running away and never even complete 8th grade, let alone high school or job training. A disproportionate number are physically, emotionally and sexually abused and don't know where to go for help. The result, all too often, is a belief that this is normal, and they inflict the same damage on their own children. It talks about never ending cycle and ultimately hopes for the better future.
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