What if you have done something so astronomically terrible in size but you didn’t know it? What happens when a character has done something perhaps long ago that they enjoyed, but didn’t know there would be consequences waiting for them at this moment? Do they still think it was worth it? Are you, or a character you’re working on, figuring out what a fair sum for the piper is? And are you or they prepared to pay it?
You are being interviewed by a panel in front of an entrance that leads to your “Utopia.” It’s a place that meets all your expectations, satisfying each and every one of your desires, where a prolonged state of blissful intoxication waits for you every. Single. Day.
What will you do to prove you’re worthy? Or… are you?
Gabor Mate, an addiction specialist who uses alternative spiritual frameworks in his practice, uses the term “realm of hungry ghosts” in his discussion of codependent realities and how a person develops addictive tendencies. Conceived in Buddhist spirituality, the realm itself is one among the several that we pass through in a lifetime and is described as hellish. Dr. Mate describes the addict as someone stuck being a “hungry ghost,” like the one you see in the picture above, monsters with long, scrawny necks and huge bellies that will never be satisfied.