Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Synthetic Realities

The above link will take you to my newest blog. This one is specifically concerned with America's War on Drugs.

Contemporary human society is synthetic- man made and maintained. It is my belief that all "realities" within human society are also equally synthetic and arbitrarily subjective. How often do you, good reader, consume a chemical to make your life "pleasant"? It could be a soda, like Coke or Dr Pepper. Maybe it's coffee, and a cigarette. Alcohol is another socially accepted "drug".

In a world where we promote the use of ritalin and adderall to children who can't "focus" in school, and where anyone can inject Botox to make themselves prettier, why do we support the criminalization of marijuana and ecstasy? Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, these can make sex better... with some negative side effects. It's a terrible double standard that society encourages the use of "legal" drugs and criminalizes the use of "illegal" drugs when, in reality, they are all "dangerous" to a certain extent.

Moderation is the key, in ALL things. Addiction is poorly understood in society, and as a result, it is stigmatized needlessly. Everyone is addicted to something. We should do more to recognize the roots of addiction, and live wisely.

3 Comments:

Blogger redhairblueface said...

I have a book called Forces of Habit. It concerns the intricacies dealing with legal vs. illegal drugs among other things. It is superbly researched and a good read. It was required reading for one of my classes of yesteryear and I kept it because I liked it quite a bit. You are welcome to it if you want, even though it will provide you will ample ammunition for slaying the enemies of pill popping ravers, casual weed smokers, and cocaine inhaling movie stars.

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Blogger sourmonkey said...

Michael,
I'm interested in the book. I'll call or email you to check it out.

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