Dostoyevsky—bet that his younger brother couldn’t go five minutes without thinking about a white bear. The brother had to pay up, having made a disconcerting discovery about human mental powers. We like to think we control our thoughts, but we don’t. First-time meditators are typically shocked at how their minds wander over and over, despite earnest attempts to focus and concentrate.
Shrove Tuesday, derived from the verb shrive, which means “to receive absolution for sins.”
the future over four and a half years, while the typical addict’s vision of the future extended only nine days.
addicts are more likely to take the quick money, and so are alcoholics and smokers.