The tendency towards self-destruction is an old story for many artists and creative types. Call it the Jungian shadow side or the easier and quicker, albeit short-circuit path to reach higher levels of existence. Regardless, they are two sides to the same coin. From article: “Gifted, Talented & Addicted” – by Douglas Eby.
“Beethoven reportedly drank wine about as often as he wrote music, and was an alcoholic, or at least problem drinker. A number of people with exceptional abilities have used drugs and alcohol as self-medication to ease the inherent pain which is potential of that level of sensitivity – or as a way to enhance thinking and creativity. ”
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One artist shared his angst and insight around addiction thusly. Who do you think said it?
Yes, indeed. I can relate much to my chagrin. Answer tomorrow.