Hi, thank you so much for the detailed and insightful response. I certainly don’t disagree with what I wrote, but you sure have me thinking. I think the issue is how I framed it, and not what I meant, which is obviously a problem on my part. I really appreciate you pointing this out. I do believe suffering is a choice, but only insofar as it is an option to opt out, even if it might be a fairly impossible one. I think this can be empowering. But I see the danger in this for people with mental health issues. I suffered from anxiety and panic attacks which led to 15 years of chronic heroin addiction, and if someone said I had a choice, they really had no idea what they were talking about. But the fact is, I am now clean, happy and doing a PhD so I did opt out. I really need to process this but I will be much more careful about my language in future. In hindsight, I might have even done it to raise a few eyebrows. Sometimes I think this is OK if the message in the text is a good one, but if it frames the whole article in another light, well, what’s the point. Much appreciate your feedback. Thank you Brian

Change is possible. I write to show that. Author | Recovered addict | Speaker | PhD candidate. www.brianpennie.com

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