Doesn't that make politics a narcotic? Isn't it the same high over and over again? When was the last time you read something that surprised you or changed your perspective? I realized that my Politics list on Twitter was going to yield only slight variations on what it had given me yesterday, last week, last month and on off into the past.
I've had this thought before, but to be honest, I'm finding most everything else boring. Yes, I could learn Python, I could groom some of my PHP code and learn how to write tighter MySQL queries, but why? There's not much of an endorphin rush to those compared to reading a particularly clever take down of Donald Trump by Jonah Goldberg.
It's all empty calories and like a fat man who cheats on his diet, I'm burning an irreplaceable resource, time, on the repetitive pleasures of politics.
As I understand it, the best way to break an addiction is to replace it with something (more?) enjoyable. Unfortunately, indulging in polemics is like eating oreos or potato chips. It's incredibly easy to do and very easy to do. While the payoff of coding in the morning might be higher than politics, the cost is higher as well. Further, the payoff for the coding comes tomorrow whereas the pleasure of reading Instapundit is today.
OK, OK. I'll go do something productive. Right after I watch this blistering attack on Trump by Marco Rubio.