A. Physical Addictions
(Note: Physical addictions were discussed at some length during the treatment of the Slippery Slope strategy. Therefore our discussion here will be short.) Physical addictions have their roots in the biological nature of the human vermin. Essentially, what occurs is that the body adapts to a particular level of chemical stimulation. When the body is thus adapted, the absence of that stimulation goes from being mere lack of pleasure to outright discomfort. Since the humans seek to decrease discomfort and increase pleasure, they will go to great lengths to regain the prior level of stimulation.
Despite there being some difficulty in springing the trap, it is certainly not impossible and there are myriad proven strategies for obtaining this end. Most often a slippery slope strategy is used in which the human begins at low levels of stimulation and is slowly worked up to a self-destructive state. It is also possible to use social pressures to prod the beast down the track you desire.
B. Mental Addictions
In contrast to physical addictions, mental addictions are rooted in the mind. Desire is the name of the game. The key is to thoroughly implant the desire in their mind and then tease it and not allow it to stop pestering them. Think of it as an irritating itch. Eventually they will not be able to help themselves and go straight after whatever it is that their desire is fixed on. You see, in order to be successful, the desire must become an all-consuming desire. The splendid thing about mental addictions is that they are very flexible and can be used to hook a human on to any of a variety of things. If you can’t entice them with pleasure or prod them with discomfort, then sell it to them on the grounds of popularity or some other kind of gain.
C. On the Issue of Control
Regardless of whether the addiction that you are working on is physical or mental (or both) in nature, your efforts should be focused on implanting the idea that the human has no control whatsoever in its addiction. We may be well aware of the degree to which they do or don’t exercise what they call free will, but remember that the Enemy has stacked the deck in His favor and can quickly pull out an ace. Therefore, take the utmost care in pursuing the goal of getting the human to give up completely. The danger here is that when they give up, they may give up trying to deal with life on their own and enter into a despicable state of submission to the Enemy (sometimes called abandonment in the Enemy’s camp). When they rely on the Enemy, you will find that your attacks are suddenly being directed at the Enemy. This is why that state of submission, despite its apparent weakness, is astoundingly resilient. You may as well march the vile little creature to right to the Enemy’s doorstep. Needless to say, they must not lean on Him in any way.
If properly executed, breaking their sense of control places the human in a position very advantageous to us. Essentially, the humans lay themselves at the mercy of the addiction which, as we know, will not change and will not let them go. The next stage after giving up control is utter despair. When they lose control, their hope often goes with it. When they lose that hope, any attempt by others to aid them will be seen as arrogant and ill-informed. Thus, they will reject all help and be all the more securely bound for hell.
Don’t get it in your head that the only way to approach this task is by way of direct assault. As is the case in much of our business these days, there are other, more subtle, ways of accomplishing this end. For example, you may use the fear of losing control to get them to give up control. Some humans, you see, have a chronic fear of not being in control of every aspect of their lives. Obviously such cases cling to the idea that they are in control like pitch to fur. You can use this very trait to accomplish your goal. The trick is to get them to buy into the lie that they (on their own) can stop the addiction any time they wish. This bit of rationalization gives them some false comfort while not altering their behavior because they think that they have a handle on things.
In the meantime, you have placed enough doubt in the back of their mind concerning their ability to stop that they come to fear that they are unable to do so. The end result is that they become content to be swept along by their addiction because a.) they have a false sense of control to rationalize their position and b.) they don’t want to try swimming against the current because failing at it would confirm that they are out of control. Can you see the brilliance of it? One need only offer the proper bribe and instill a little fear and you have the little beast well in hand.
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