Obsession is fascinatingly complex for two primary reasons. On the one hand, it monopolizes mental real estate, which skews one's perception of risk where, when improperly ordered, it could become a disorder. On the other hand, in the right amounts, it could be a person's competitive advantage. I think obsession is a manifestation of the idea that ideas have people instead of the other way around. This insight is often attributed to Carl Jung. In simple terms, it postulates that ideas are not things one conjures up in their minds but are living things that grow and take over their hosts. Ideas like death are interesting in this context. Through religions and our deeply ingrained perception of meaning (which is fundamentally connected to our finitude), we obsess over the concept of death. Or, as is more apropos, we do everything we can to not think about it. The question then becomes if it is the case that ideas possess us or that we will inevitably obsess over some things. Are there ideas worth investing in? If so, how does one improve their chances of having those ideas?

I am largely unsure at the moment. My intuition is, however, in the end, that obsession is a symptom of one's early encounter with that which calls on their being. Thus, we should endeavor to not get stuck with "ideas having us" but should do everything within our power to move to the part where a person truly has the idea. This is because genuinely integrating a concept that compels you to action comes from meaningful control over the concept.

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