The experimenters were administering an electrical current whenever the rats entered part of its cage.
Instead of fleeing from that part of the cage, the rats enjoyed the electrical stimulation.
Once a lever was installed to offer a self stimulation, the rats effectively pleasured themselves to death.
They ignored foot and water, and pressed the lever as many as 2,000 times an hour.
Later research would reveal that the brain’s pleasure center, nucleus accumbens, leads specifically to a constant “wanting” to obtain the stimulation.
Almost 60 years later, it seems millions of people (with personal access to online and media activity) are seeking that same level of stimulation every day.
For males, it appears to be a dangerous mix of spectator/fantasy sports, video gaming, and pornography.
For females, it is the insatiable stimulation of digital conversations, perhaps through Texting, Facebook, and Pinterest.
As a recovering Crackberry (and now iPhone) addict and avid sports fan, I can relate.
How about you?
How long can you without checking your email or text messages? How about Facebook or Twitter? Or Sports Center highlights?
How about an entire day?
Just an hour?
If these modern examples don’t apply to you, I’m sure there are many people within your close network that you would describe as pleasure addicted to television or the internet.
Why We Pleasure Ourselves to Death
I’m no scientist or theologian, so take my opinion for what’s it worth.
But my theory is simply this…
Millions of people (and yes, Christians) are seeking constant stimulation because they have stopped seeking God.
As for why they have stopped seeking God…
Maybe it is due to a perceived lack of response.
Or they have been led by false teachings on how to experience God.
Or simply they are so easily distracted.
I know I’ve experienced all of the above.
Whatever your situation is, I pray you do not fall victim to the same fate as the rats.
The Apostle Paul knew the only escape:
“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”
What are your thoughts about seeking constant pleasure or stimulation?
What advice you have for seeking God instead?
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