Danger of Overconsumption
Let’s have a thought experiment. You are in a virtual realm and are given a choice of one activity that you can do for the rest of your life. The activity can be anything, sensual pleasure, video games, reading, binge-eating, going to the cinema etc. The only caveat is that once you have chosen it, you cannot revert your decision. On the other hand, you will be able to do it anytime you want for an indefinite amount of time.
To illustrate the concept, I will pick drinking water as my option. Let’s say I am thirsty on a blistering hot day, my body produces a craving for potable liquids to restore fluid balance in my system. Once I have had my first cup of water, I might still want a second cup because the concentrations of electrolytes haven’t been balanced into a healthy range. After the second cup, my craving for water stops and I don’t want to drink anymore. But if I am forced by someone else to keep drinking, I might suffer from water intoxication, which can be fatal. I might experience drowsiness, muscle weakness, nausea and even death.
Biologically, our body is dictated by homeostasis and mega dosing of any edibles or potable fluids interferes with the natural balance.
The law of diminishing marginal utility is a theory positing that our consumption of any good or service offers less satisfaction and utility as the consumption of them increases. As a result, any form of overconsumption will at some point bear more costs than benefit.
Anything can be good or bad depending on the amount. What matters is developing the knowledge to do them in moderation.