The purpose of the question is to invoke thought. We fail at this addiction for a few reasons. One being that the addiction is a secret one. We have the opportunity to bring it wherever we go. Normally with an addiction, drugs for example, one has to actually leave their residence and purchase something in order to get high. With pornography it’s at our fingertips all day and night. That’s also why I feel that this addiction is one of the most difficult kinds. I can remember when I came clean to my brothers. I explained everything and they were compassionate, accepting and understanding. Of course they were, they had also suffered similar issues. Coming clean was one of the first steps I took to recovery. But in the end no one else can stop you, it must come from inside you. The other reason we succumb to this weakness is self esteem. We don’t hold ourselves highly enough to think that we deserve better. In a sense, the overwhelming number of youth thinking that PMO is normal probably have low self-esteem. “I’m just me, who cares?” “What does it matter if I run myself down to the lowest depths of thinking and feeling, I’m not important.” These are thoughts I have had and I believed them deeply. It wasn’t for a long time that I realized my addiction affected everyone I interacted with. I was curt, sharp-tongued, argumentative; a downright asshole. Excessive PMO made me feel low because that’s exactly what it does; that’s the normal side effect. Which leads to why we succeed. Holding yourself in a higher light is powerful. But it takes awareness. We must experience enough of the pain before we understand who we really are—which is pure energy, pure light. When we realize how great each of us really is, we can start to take responsibility for our actions. We can see how our actions affect those around us because everyone looks up to us in one way or another, it’s true. Some look up to us for our humor, some see us with a strong work ethic and wonder how to pick up on that, or others may re-enact our demeanor when we are at our best. At our best we are unstoppable. When we stay focused and attain right living, right thought and right action, we become what most would define as noble and courageous. We actually defy what culture is telling us is normal. In a way we are stubborn, saying no to the norm, but those wallowing in the norm see us and wonder how we do it, just like we wondered how our role models did it. Become your own role model. Become something great, it’s really not that hard to do. Once you understand that greatness is your natural state, all that’s left to do is act on it. Claim whats rightfully yours.