What is one of the easiest and most affordable games to play in life? The game of sex, or seduction. Nothing is required of you other than being alive. And I mean that literally. You could be paralyzed from the neck down, but still hit on every person you happen to come into contact with. I’m not saying you would be successful, but what I am saying is that there are no other requirement for admissions other than being conscious. Granted, sex is an instinctual urge which is common to roughly 99.9% of the population. It is necessary in order to keep our species going, but if you look around at the world today you will see that even though we are more connected than ever we are also somehow more alone. Everyone wants to be special, famous, unique. We get to see and read about all the success stories where people obtain what appears to be everything. Naturally, that becomes what we want. That sets the standard for us. The reality of it though is that not all of us are going to become rich and famous, no matter how badly we desire it. Who your parents are, what genetics you were given, where you went to school, etc. are all large influencing factors when it comes to success. My point is that we are creating a hole that used to not be there in previous generations. Go back a few decades and what was considered “successful” was having a steady job, owning a house, and having a family. Now, it is so much more. We are creating sad, unrealistic, unobtainable goals which would explain why so many kids these days are depressed. Our generation has created terms like “FOMO,” which stands for Fear Of Missing Out. This is our new reality. Our parents did not have this hole inside them, but we do. What are you to do when your vision of “success” is becoming a billionaire? Well, many people are turning to sex. Apps like Tinder have made it that much easier to become apart of this game of “who can [email protected]!k the most.” Sex is quite simply one of the quickest, easiest ways of gaining an ego boost. You don’t need money to hit on someone and have sex with them. You don’t even have to be that good looking really. Merely show intent in every interaction and you are guaranteed to get a hit eventually. Once you find someone then suddenly you have instant value. People want you. Someone let them have sex with you. Then…tomorrow comes along and the feelings of yesterday vanish. Should I try to work towards becoming rich and famous, or should I go out and try to find another person to have sex with? Time is short and I might not live tomorrow, so I think I’ll take the latter. This is the unconscious, internal dialog that is going on in many individuals these days. What people don’t stop to think about is the fact that there are real, life-altering, consequences that are caused by sex. Nobody says “hey, I think I’ll go get some herpes or HIV today,” or “today seems like a good day to get pregnant with some random persons child.” People are murdered because of a cheating spouse. Lives are ruined. All of these things happen, but we think it won’t happen to us. I’m special. Here’s the reality of it: We’re the same. I’m not saying people should stop having sex–I’m not saying that at all. What I am saying though is that we have created a world where the only way for people to feel good about themselves is by trying to have sex with every person they meet. The good news is that there is hope. We can look in the mirror and try to figure out what we really want in life. What are realistic goals I can set for myself? What will really make me happy in the long run? Take the time to figure things out and you will quickly find that sex is another drug.