Henry Fairlie provided me with a shorter preamble. ‘Very original chap, Philip Toynbee,’ he said once when the name came up in conversation.
‘In what way? Not in what he writes, surely to —’
‘In his life. He’s an ex-alcoholic who’s turned himself into a very heavy drinker. Now any fool can switch from alcoholism to total abstention — happens every day. What Philip’s done shows originality. And takes style.’
Kinglsey Amis, Memoirs
I’ve just had a nasty run-in with World of Warcraft myself, so I enjoyed reading this over at plasticbag.
Props on the attempt to find a means of control based on shame. Very powerful, ignominy. I’ve just gone for deletion from the hard drive and cancellation of account myself: despite the compelling, joyless pleasure derived from WoW’s clear goals and repetitive action (so much running!), I suspect there are better ways to spend my time.
According to Nietzsche, my way of handling this is weakness, of course: choosing absolute abstinence is the sign of a morally corrupt nature not strong enough for moderation. Probably tainted by the slave morality of Christianity. Fair enough. But, unlike some nineteenth-century German philosophers I could mention, I haven’t got syphilis, or at least not the sort that makes you get locked up in lunatic asylum, so I don’t think it’s too hard to spot the real winner here.