…o do something about your loneliness, or to get your mind off something you don’t know how to face. The truth that emerges is this: that people of all levels of self-reflection and articulacy do things for good reasons, and that psychological theories that paint people as addicted, habituated, socially programmed, or driven directly by brain chemicals are a dangerous, elitist, and disrespectful kind of bullshit. Why are these theories dangerous? Because it’s only if people have reasons that you can possible help them with what they want to do. If you imagine that there’s nothing behind people’s actions, that they don’t have anything noble that they hope for, that there’s nothing their actions are about… the best you can do is project your own goals for them (happiness, health, mindfulness, productivity, etc) and you needn’t have any concern about whether they want those things for themselves.