Why are some
drugs illegal when compared to what IS legal. Alcohol
destroys lives, bodies and families year in year out. I see people
crack and heroin smacked out being a burden on society, then I go
a rave, and see these people all dressed up in fantastic colours,
displaying a newfound love for man and life. The same people you see
going to work every day of the year, taking very few sick days, and
establishing quite a normal and high profile career for themselves.
Software developers have been fed mescaline, off the record of course,
and the guys who developed the technology making the desktop PC processor
today, were tripped out of their minds on acid. So all this taken
consideration, why do the authorities continue to feed us lies, such
"MAN GREW BREASTS FROM MARIJUANA" the quite popular claim
from the US
government trying to stamp out weed, and continue on their stance,
chemical mind altering substances can only be used for medicinal
purposes. Why can drugs only be used for medicine and not to have
or to make a person smarter, or see things from a new found perspective?
Please help me prettyfedup.com I need to know why people are so stuck
this is an excellent excellent question and a very good rant to boot.
I'm so pleased you asked this question and brought up this topic because
it allows me to type phrases like 'angel dust'; 'goofballs'; 'ecstasy';
'love trip'; 'purple haze'; 'killer weed'; 'opium eaters' and so on.
The realities of addiction may not be that amusing but drug slang,
ancient and modern, is incredibly colorful. As well it should be -
the use of various drugs and god knows what else to escape, get happy,
weird, high, horny, crazy, enlightened, and maniacally sociable has
roots in human history that go all the way back to the days when your
basic cave guys were sniffing campfire smoke to catch a buzz.
Humans love an altered experience and have an indelible attraction
to chemical compounds, natural or not, that give them one.
of course that wasn't your question. You already knew people love
to get high. Your question, and an extraordinarily legitimate
one at that, was why the hell is society so fucking hypocritical about
it then? Specifically, why is something like alcohol legal and a love
drug like X against the law? And being the deeply philosophical drug-loving
human that you are, you wanted to know why, in a philosophical sense,
can't drugs be used for fun stuff instead of having to be relegated
to the dreary and expensive realm of 'medicine'?
the boringly short answers to your questions are: Drugs can
be used for 'good times' purposes as well to engender the awe-inspiring
freak out with resulting insight or degrading mental breakdown. Obviously
they can because millions if not billions of people are doing that
on a semi-regular basis right now. You may very well be one of them.
Furthermore, there is no force on earth that can prevent the massive
ongoing use of drugs by people because they 'just want to.' No
law, no army, no edict from heaven, no technological advance. Recreational
drug use offers many many benefits and people are going to avail themselves
of them even if threatened with repeated anal rape, severe social
disapproval, or the prospect of developing a really large, dysfunctional
the short reason X, LSD, marijuana and so on are illegal is because
people who want them to be legal do not spend enough time, money,
and effort saying so. This may be because they are otherwise thoroughly
busy being high, wasted, buzzed, tripping and fucked up, but whatever
the excuse may be this is the short answer. If you want these things
legal - say so.
of course, you don't really want the boring short answer. You want
an answer that addresses the staggering duplicity of a society that
will spend untold millions of dollars a year advertisng 'The King
of Beers' to six-year-olds but makes it illegal for a consenting adult
to ingest a little MDMA during a festive social gathering of like-minded
adults who share a similar taste in music and the desire to experience
an enhanced, if temporary, sense of love for all mankind.
keen perceptiveness on this topic is shown by the phrasing of your
final question - which poignantly asks why people are so stuck in
their ways. You have hit the nail right on the head. The current situation
in our society, or any other society, is the result of people being
stuck in their ways. But why? why, why, why? or alternatively - WHY!!!!!?????
have to admit this is a question that puzzled the webmistress for
many years about society in general. For decades, from her years as
a tiny ranting tot to the majestic mental maturity of decrepit adulthood,
the webmistress was forced to contemplate the irrationality of society
with no defensive weapon greater than bewildered, opinionated petulance.
Why, she asked, much as you do.
puzzling disconnect and clear lack of sense regarding drug policy
particularly intrigued her. She lives in a country which forces schoolchildren
to take Ritalin if they bounce in their chairs, pushes Zoloft on them
if they get a piece of dust in their eye and shed a momentary tear,
routinely kills its senior citizens by overprescribing drugs until
the fucking side effects KO them, spends millions of dollars convincing
you to ask your doctor for cholesterol-lowering drugs that will eat
your liver and yet have no proven value in extending your life, gives
teenagers meds that make them kill themselves, has prescribed antiobiotics
like candy until lethal flesh-eating bacteria are evolving like a
21st century plague, has a Starbucks on every fucking corner,
sells more Viagra than books, is dumping chemicals in the water and
food until you can grow breasts from drinking tap water or eating
a hamburger there are so many hormones and yet - yet it has a fucking
hissy fit if someone with incurable fucking cancer smokes a goddamn
joint! And so on and so forth. Hopefully that was suitably outraged.
yet, with all this outrage, what did the webmistress do? She was
reduced to making long distance phone calls to her sister so the
two of them could, for some unknown reason, entertain themselves uselessly
for hours on end by repeatedly expressing the opinion that marijuana
ought to be legal and certain politicians should not. These discussions
were remarkably cogent, convincing, and clear-headed given the fact
that neither the webmistress nor her sister actually use marijuana
because it like makes them paranoid and shit and also for some reason
they get a heart palpitation thing going which is kind of creepy.
These discussions were entertaining to all who could hear them because
these sisters-in-arms would randomly make up facts to support their
position, much as I just did above - which is always fun.
- yes, enlightening - no. After many hours of fruitless discussion
the webmistress was no closer to an answer than before. All she could
think, cynically, was that the government must be motivated by greed.
But even that didn't make sense. The taxation of and regulation of
pot, MDMA, peyote, mushrooms, cocaine and so forth would be a profitable
source of funds for government and advertisers. Besides, the treatment
of drugs historically is just so odd. Coffee was illegal in Europe
for a time, and so was chocolate. Yet, if urban legend is to be
believed, cocaine was once an ingredient in that most refreshing of
beverages, Coca-Cola. The United States went to all the trouble
to pass a goddamn constitutional amendment to ban the consumption
of alcohol and yet Prohibition was such a disaster that the amendment
had to be repealed. Yet morphine was once so common it was like
a home remedy. Tobacco and coffee have both been at times more valuable
than gold. And the number one beverage in the entire world is tea
- tea! Tea is a powerful drug in and of itself, not to mention addictive.
MDMA was not illegal when it was first synthesized and was studied
as a medical aid for a variety of ailments. LSD was used for research
purposes and to treat schizophrenia. The list of oddities goes on
and on. The relentless human search for new drugs (witness Red Bull
and athletic doping scandals) continues unabated, but so does the
relentless effort of society to ban things. A sorely trying puzzle
then the webmistress saw the light. Now she understands why society
is so weird, why people are stuck in their ways, and more or less,
what if anything can be done about it.
now - in a one-time only special offer, the webmistress is willing
to share her enlightenment with you, the eager public, for the extremely
nominal charge of absolutely nothing - that's right, this information
is free and worth every penny!
you too can see the light - which may or may not completely depress