Bandaids & The World Of Warcraft

Rabbi Brody at Lazer Beams concludes regarding a computer game that seemingly destroyed a marriage:

The World of Warcraft is more dangerous than the Hizbulla any day of the week; Katyusha’s couldn’t destroy Elaine’s home in California, but the World of Warcraft could! Don’t say you weren’t warned.

The fact of the matter is that no computer game can destroy a marriage. Addictions are the symptom of some deeper problem. If the marriage hadn’t been destroyed by the husband’s “computer game addiction”, it would have been destroyed by something else.

One can’t cure a heart problem by putting a bandaid on a surface wound (i.e., by prohibiting computer games). Likewise, one doesn’t cure overeating by prohibiting food. To overcome addictions one teaches/learns techniques of moderation regarding “the physical and emotional appetites” as a lifestyle, in parallel with seeking to identify and to treat the underlying issue giving life to the addiction.

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