The Nature of Addiction by Roget Lockard, M.Ed.

Beginning With Fire

The Story of Addiction, Human Nature, and Evolution

Chapter Sketches

Chapter Four — The Cells of a Self

A superorganism is an organism made up of living beings. Multi-celled animals such as ourselves are, in a meaningful sense, superorganisms; beings made up of cells which are themselves living beings. Similarly, we as individuals are constituent members of larger “selves” — and many of those larger selves are subject to the thrall of addiction; to the enchantments of the shortcut of control.

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Multi-celled animals such as ourselves are, in a meaningful sense, superorganisms; beings made up of cells which are themselves living beings. Similarly, we as individuals are constituent members of larger “selves” — and many of those larger selves are subject to the thrall of addiction; to the enchantments of the shortcut of control.