The drug of choice, i.e., desire. All habitual drugs are tied to it—imitating it, emancipating it, preventing its re-uptake.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, ... is of the world." 1 John 2:16
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(Although I do not agree with this websites agenda of promoting the ideology of evolution, humanism, and socialism, its covering of the science of the nervous system is commendable)
Dopamine and it's connection to our lusting after the things of the world and our hating of restraint.
The child is not in love with the toy. He is in love with the dopamine (sensation of pleasure) which contact with (or thinking or looking upon) the toy 'liberates' (emancipates) into the synaptic gaps of his nervous system. Dopamine is emancipated (liberated) into the synaptic gap between the nerve endings—along the way to the brain and between the dendrites and nerve endings in the brain (where the child becomes aware of the sensation of pleasure)—when the child's nerve endings come into contact with the environment or imagines their existence or potential existents. It is this sensation, i.e., "sense experience" (which comes as a result of dopamine being emancipated) that the child loves, correlating love ("sensuous need") to the thing(s) that stimulate it ("I will just die if you do not let me go out and play with my friends." "feeling").
When we first come into contact with an object of pleasure there is a dopamine spike in the brain. From then on, thinking about the object of pleasure, anticipating coming into contact with it engenders a dopamine spike in the brain, resulting in there being less of a spike when we come into the contact with it. Over time, at the time of contact with the object there is little or no dopamine spike, interest has waned. This is why children loose interest in the toys they are given (sometimes within minutes), looking for a dopamine spike from something else instead.
While the object of interest changes over time, i.e., the object that was of interest no longer simulates dopamine emancipation, the desire for ("lusting" after) the dopamine spike itself remains, with children looking for some other object to stimulate (trigger) it. As children anticipate (expect) this dopamine spike to be actualized in a new object of interest, it they can not have it, i.e., if the parent says "no," inhibiting or blocking them from having it, they becomes angry (in order to stimulate dopamine in the brain via. adrenaline, i.e., epinephrine—of course they are not aware that that is what they are doing). This is why children (including those in adult bodies) have tantrums (in order to raise the dopamine level in their brain—due to the absence of, i.e., the cutting off of the dopamine spike) when they can not have what they want, "NOW."
Conversely, when children learn to do right and not wrong in whatever they are doing, tending to the chore or lesson at hand—not having to have, i.e., expecting a dopamine spike in order to do it (not, as a spoiled children, having to have a dopamine spike whether whatever they are doing is right or not, done or not done)—they tend to find satisfaction, a dopamine spike as a result of doing the job, and doing it right, not becoming angry or depressed if things go wrong, doing the job again in order to do it right, stimulating a dopamine spike, i.e., satisfaction when it is accomplished, i.e., done right. This is the difference between parent's wanting their children to do right and not wrong or wanting them to have a "better life," not that parents do not want their children to have a "better life," but that doing right and not wrong must come first. Unfortunately, after decades of "better life" (dopamine) mentality from parents to their children the marriage vow has been changed from "for better or for worse" to "till something better comes along."
Children, not basing life upon dopamine spikes, i.e., their desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, but upon doing right and not wrong, receive dopamine spikes from doing things right, not becoming angry, blaming others or the situation when things go wrong, being able to regroup in order to do things right—with the dopamine spike being a byproduct (an added blessing) for doing things right. Chastening, when children disobey, is in essence a "reboot," getting them off "lusting" after the dopamine spike and onto doing things right. It is an act of detoxing, i.e., getting them off the drug, i.e., getting the Karl Marx (love of pleasure and hate of restraint) out of them, resulting in their learning to humble, deny, die, control, discipline their "self" in order (as in "old" world order) to do right and not wrong, getting satisfaction, i.e., a dopamine spike as they do things right.
"Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11
"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure (dopamine emancipation) is the standard for "good" instead of doing the father's/Father's will, i.e., doing right and not wrong], and desperately wicked [hating whoever prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks it from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (the dopamine spikes) it desires]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 You can not see your hate of restraint as being evil with your "self," i.e., your love of pleasure is in the way, 'justifying' your hate, blinding you to the deceitfulness and wickedness of your heart. Without the father/Father and his love, which includes restraint, all you have is your hearts desire, i.e., your "lusts," i.e., your "self interests" and those who will use them to gain control of you, using you for their own gain and pleasure.
On a sidenote: pain plays a part in the dopamine experience. All pain nerves send messages of pain to the brain in order to stay active and alive, with the brain ignoring them to a specific level. When a child, anticipating a dopamine spike, does not get it, i.e., something gets in the way, in order to emancipate dopamine in the brain, which he is missing out on, he gets angry (which emancipates dopamine in the brain). People can actually get pleasure out of being miserable, i.e., complaining, i.e., being a "victim," i.e., having a "pity party." In the process, the dopamine which he is artificially liberating in the brain raises the level of awareness of pain in the brain (which the pain nerves are sending). This is why missing out on pleasure is so painful (on an emotional level), i.e., why the child becomes so desperate ("desperately wicked"), striking out as to save his life, thinking he will die if he does not get his way, i.e., get his dopamine fix," "NOW."
Over time, as the child persists in demanding his way, feeling like a victim of abuse (when he instead is the one abusing others, i.e., demanding his way), an imbalance between the number of vesicles (which create dopamine), receptors (which receive their message to send on up the nerve toward the brain), and the dopamine liberated in the brain results in anxiety, triggering (more readily) a reaction to (anger toward) the threat of missing out on the dopamine experience, if not physically, cunningly attacking (annihilating) any who he perceives as getting in his way. Whether the event itself stimulates dopamine emancipation in the brain, anticipation of the event (imagination) stimulates dopamine emancipation in the brain, or anger for missing out on the event which stimulates dopamine emancipation in the brain, they are all related to and effect the dopamine experience of the child, affecting the child's behavior—affecting whether he respects, honors, and obeys authority or questions, challenges, defies, disregards, attacks it instead.
"Self" loves dopamine emancipation, becoming angry when it can not have it, especially when it is anticipated. While "self control" negates anger (in the child), "self esteem" stimulates ('justifies') it. While discussion, i.e., concern about doing or being right and not wrong, inhibits or blocks the dopamine spike before the event (of being or coming to the knowledge of what is right), dialogue, i.e., concern about "feelings," i.e., "feeling good" emancipates the dopamine spike, dialogue being the event itself—whether the results are right or not. "Self" love dialogue, where it can have it way, and hates discussion, where commands, rules, and facts can get in the way.
"To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right') If you do not chasten the Karl Marx in your child, the Karl Marx in your child ("lusting" after dopamine emancipation, hating restraint) will rule over his life (and yours). If it were not for the Karl Marx in the heart of man, "lusting" after dopamine emancipation, and the world which stimulates it, Marxism would not work (which it does not, with utopia, i.e., "lusting" after pleasure, i.e., dopamine spikes always ending in anger, destruction, and death, i.e., wickedness). According to Marx, why have a piece of the world, i.e., private property, when you can have it all, globalism.
We are not in love with the things or the people we say we love. We are in love with the dopamine that is 'liberated' (emancipated) into our synaptic gaps when we come into contact with or think upon (anticipate) the gratifying things of the world or the people who we say we love (we love to be around). True love (agape) comes from the Father, who loves us while disapproving of or hating our bad behavior, which gets us into trouble, wanting us to do good, obey, not sin in order for him to bless us, providing a way for us to have fellowship with him, forgiving us when we repent, not from the world (Eros) or from those who we associate with (phileo), who hate who gets in the way of pleasure, i.e., who inhibits or blocks dopamine emancipation. "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:4
This is why the preacher said vanity, vanity, "all is vanity." "Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity." "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Ecclesiastes 12:8, 13-14
The 'liberal minded' person is intoxicated, addicted, and possessed with wanting to control whatever stimulates dopamine emancipation. "The fruits of the earth belong to us all [read: "belongs to the 'liberal'"], and the earth itself to nobody [read: "you have no right to claim any of it as yours, keeping the 'liberal' from having, controlling, and enjoying it for his "self"]." (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality). "On account of the absolute and natural oneness of the husband, the wife, and the child [their common "lust" for pleasure, i.e., dopamine emancipation, including the approval of men], where there is no antithesis [no "top-down" right-wrong way of thinking and acting] of person to person or of subject to object, the surplus is not the property of one of them, since their indifference is not a formal or a legal one." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life) In other words, your spouse is not yours, your children are not yours, your property is not yours, your business is not your but the property of the collective. When the 'liberal,' as a child of disobedience sees something that stimulates (or he thinks should stimulate) dopamine emancipation in him, he thinks he owns it—be it your property, business, family, spouse, and even you, i.e., your life. Like two children in a garden called Eden, who thought they owned a tree which was not theirs, blaming someone or something else when things did not go their way, refusing to repent, i.e., refusing to accept the fact that the fault was theirs, liberals likewise reject any fact or truth which gets in their way of "enjoying" the stimulation or the potential simulation of dopamine emancipation. Thinking they own or have the "right" to control whatever stimulates or has the potential of simulating dopamine emancipation, they 'justify' their action of taking that which is not theirs as being necessary for the sake of "the people," which stimulates dopamine emancipation in them, 'justifying' their evil praxis. "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15
While dad and mom are not perfect, they may be or may have been down right tyrants, their office is perfect, given to them by God to serve Him in, their love of dopamine emancipation (which is stimulated by the world) being, as their children, the only problem they have or had to overcome. Loving parent's (as God) love their children, taking pleasure in giving them gifts to enjoy (as God does), yet chasten them when they love the toy, i.e., dopamine emancipation over and therefore against loving them, questioning, challenging, defying, disregarding, attacking their authority , i.e., making the toy, i.e., pleasure, i.e., dopamine emancipation (which is stimulated by the things of the world) more important than doing right and not wrong according to their will. "For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness." Hebrews 12:5-11 It is their chastening of us because of our love of dopamine emancipation over and therefore against doing their will that reflects God's love for us, who, while loving us, judges us according to our actions, in His love, forgiving us when we repent, i.e., when we turn from our wicked ways, i.e., when we turn from our love of dopamine emancipation over and therefore against loving Him, i.e., doing His will. Even Marxist recognize this correlation between the parent's and God's authority, seeking to negate it by 'liberating' the children from the father's/Father's authority (hint: the drive and purpose of the so called new world order, i.e., globalism, i.e., common-ism). "Authoritarian submission [the child humbling, denying, dying to his "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will associated with nationalism, i.e., fascism by the liberal] was conceived of as a very general attitude that would be evoked in relation to a variety of authority figures—parents, older people, leaders, supernatural power, and so forth." "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." "An attitude of complete submissiveness toward ‘supernatural forces' and a readiness to accept the essential incomprehensibility of ‘many important things' strongly suggest the persistence in the individual of infantile attitudes toward the parents, that is to say, of authoritarian submission in a very pure form." "The conception of the ideal family situation [is] for the child: 1) uncritical obedience to the father and elders, 2) pressures directed unilaterally from above to below, 3) inhibition of spontaneity and 4) emphasis on conformity to externally imposed values." "The power—relationship between the parents, the domination of the subject's family by the father or by the mother, and their relative dominance in specific areas of life also seemed of importance for our problem [the negation of the father's/Father's authority (prejudice, i.e., fascism) from the face of the earth]." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)
Man's love, no matter how caring, is taken captive to his love of pleasure, i.e. to his love of the flesh, i.e., to his "lusting" after dopamine emancipation. Man is 'driven' in identifying and 'purposed in "controlling" that which stimulates the sensation of pleasure, not knowing that it is the sensation of pleasure that "controls" him. The woman was not in love with the "forbidden tree" in the garden in Eden, she was in love with the dopamine 'emancipation,' i.e. the sensation of pleasure it stimulated within her every time she went by it, making the sensation of pleasure the standard whereby to determine right from wrong, good from evil, establishing "human nature," her love of the things of this world over and against God's authority. Genesis 3:1-6 is the "children" establishing themselves, i.e. their "human nature," i.e. their love of dopamine 'emancipation' over and against their Father's authority, negating the Father's authority, i.e. Hebrews 12:5-11, thereby negating the "guilty conscience" which the Father's authority engenders, i.e. Romans 7:14-25., 'liberating' man to "do as he pleases," i.e. "lusting" after the things of the world with no "guilty conscience." It is here that the master facilitator of 'change' could seduce, deceive, and manipulate, not only the woman, but all of mankind into disobedience to God, by "helping" us 'justifying' ourselves according to our carnal desires, deciding right from wrong according to how we "feel," i.e. according to our "lust" for dopamine 'emancipation.' Adam was not deceived. He knew better. This makes the woman the first "environmentalist," i.e. choosing the sensation of relationship with the environment over and against the authority of God, and Adam the first "humanist," i.e. choosing the woman (the sensation of "human relationship") over and against the authority of God. It makes them both liberals, blaming someone else (or something else or the situation) for their troubles, throwing them "under the bus."
All the "educator" has to do is 'create' a classroom environment where children can "safely" (with no fear of judgment, chastening, condemnation) share with one another their "self interests," i.e., dialogue their opinions to a consensus, i.e., to what they can all agree upon, affirming their "lusting" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment,' i.e., their "lusting" after dopamine emancipation which the world stimulates and their resentment, i.e., hatred toward anyone who restrains them, i.e., who prevents them from having and enjoying it, i.e., who prevents them being themselves, i.e., of the world only, and children by nature will establish themselves, i.e., their carnal desire for the pleasures of the 'moment,' i.e., their "lusting" after dopamine emancipation over and therefore against any authority, i.e., the father's/Father's authority which—not 'justifying' their carnal nature, i.e., their "lusting" after dopamine emancipation, requiring them to "humble," "deny," "die to" their "self," i.e., to their "lusting" after dopamine emancipation—gets in their way, 'creating' a world (a "utopia," i.e., fables and stores, laden with "feelings') out of their own making, according to their imagination, requiring all to live in it, i.e., a world of spoiled, selfish, tyrannical children full of hate and rage when they do not get what they want, when they want it, who, like drug addicts, silence, remove, negate, kill anyone (including the unborn and the elderly) who gets in the way of their "lusting" after pleasure, i.e., dopamine emancipation.
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves .... disobedient to parents .... lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God ...: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:2-5 (excerpts) "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10
Money is simply stored up drug money, i.e. stored up dopamine which money can release in the future in the form of a vacation, good food, a new outfit, a new home, the praises of men, etc. It is why we get a rush of dopamine on pay day, i.e. thinking about the things we can do or buy with our paycheck. You could make a long list of things which trigger the emancipation of dopamine within you when you come into contact with or think upon them. It is not that pleasure, money, i.e. dopamine is evil in and of itself. God created us to enjoy the things of this world while we praise him for creating them. It only becomes evil when we choose to enjoy it over and against His will, worshiping the pleasures of the flesh rather than He who created it, i.e. instructing us in how to live our lives, letting Him work His perfect will out through our lives by yielding ourselves to Him, thinking and acting according to His Word and the power of His Holy Spirit, for His glory, filling us with his love, joy, and peace which the world can never understand.
The Apostle Paul wrote of the power of dopamine emancipation (of "the law of the flesh") and it's "control" over you. "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 1:24 If you can walk away from pleasure you control it. If you can not, it controls you. The answer to your sinful nature, i.e. to your "lusting" after dopamine 'emancipation' can not be found in you, in man, or in the world. It can only found in Christ Jesus, who, in obeying His Father's will in all things commanded, to the death, over and against the "lust" of dopamine 'emancipation,' overcame the power of the world, i.e., our flesh, i.e., our love of dopamine emancipation, who, by his shed blood on the cross, 'redeemed' you from God's judgment upon you for your sins, i.e., for your "lusting" after this world and the dopamine emancipation which it stimulates, 'reconciling' you to his Heavenly Father, in the Father's raising him from the grave that you might spend eternity with Him and His Father, in their joy, love, peace, and holiness instead of in the lake of fire that is never quenched, where there will be no pleasure, i.e., no dopamine emancipation, only torment and anguish. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:16-18 On the day of judgment you can not blame anyone else for where you will spend eternity. You can only blame your self. It is your choice to make today.
"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin." Romans 1:25
The law, thought perfect, can only expose our love of dopamine 'emancipation,' i.e. condemn us for our love of the flesh, expose us for our love of pleasure over and against love of God. It can not save us. The only answer to our "lusting" after the things of the world which stimulate dopamine emancipation, i.e., our only hope of salvation from the Father who demands perfection, i.e., the Father's wrath upon us for our sins, i.e., for our love of dopamine emancipation over and therefore against doing His will is in Jesus Christ our Lord and savior, who 'redeemed' us from His Heavenly Father's wrath upon us for our love of dopamine 'emancipation' over and therefore against Him and His Heavenly Fathers authority, i.e. for our love of our flesh and the world, and 'reconciled' us to His Heavenly Father, providing we, by faith accept Him, i.e. accept His work of salvation for us, as the only answer, and follow Him over and against our "lusting" after dopamine 'emancipation.' God's love is eternal, i.e. according to His nature (Spirit). Our love is only for the 'moment,' temporary, i.e. subject only to our nature (subject to our loving of the things of the world which stimulate dopamine 'emancipation') which is passing away. "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." Romans 8:5-10
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." "We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:10, 19
Again: only in God's love is true love found, loving that which is unlovable, i.e. loving us while we were yet in our sins, i.e. loving us while we were still taken captive to our love of pleasure, "lusting" after the things of this world which stimulate dopamine emancipation in us, sending His only begotten Son to die for us, covering our sins with His blood, 'redeeming' us from His Heavenly Father's wrath upon us for our sin, i.e., love of dopamine emancipation, 'reconciling' us to His Heavenly Father, who in holiness, raised him from the grave according to His righteousness, imputing His righteousness to us by His grace, requiring us to have faith in Him alone "lest any man should boast," and filling us with His Holy Spirit, that we might know His love, joy, and peace as well as think and act according to His will, being able to do that which He desires of us, i.e. living in righteous before Him and the world, being able to thinking and acting according to His Heavenly Father's will, as He does.
"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:1-9
"For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:13-17
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2018, 2019