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On contemplating harder drugs - Elf M. Sternberg
On contemplating harder drugs
Every time I contemplate trying something stronger than alcohol, I remember this quote:
Remember, the college students who are using LSD and Marijuana today do not comprise a criminal class. They are not drug addicts seeking to escape. They're your best educated, your most creative, and your most courageous young people, and like it or not, they're going to build you a new civilization - Timothy Leary, 1966
Those kids gave us this goddamned civilization. Do you really want to take that risk again?
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vik_thor From: vik_thor Date: April 10th, 2017 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
That...actually makes me think.
sirfox From: sirfox Date: April 10th, 2017 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Depends what you call a drug, be it Pot, Cocaine, Righteous Indignation, Ideological Fundamentalism of any stripe, or the indescribable high of spinning money out of thin air with experimental and dodgy financial derivatives. Every one of those tickles some bit of the brain's pleasure centers in different ways.

Out of that bunch, i promise it wasn't the stoners who wrecked the economy and elected a treasonous and incompetent clown.

Power's a helluva drug, too. Those of us who not only don't seek it, but recoil from the notion, we need to understand that it's a bigger Monkey than Heroin for those driven by it, and in this case, Overdosing kills Other People.

It's the behavior that's the problem, not the substance. The folks Leary noted played a part in ending the mess in vietnam and directing a lot of social change... A lot of them later were happy to take their degrees to wall street right at a time where the social contract between companies and employees went into the crapper. Wages have been flat for the 95% since 1980. The top 5% have been happy to reward themselves with the difference ever since, because they could, under the new Single Commandment: Thou Shalt Maximize Shareholder Value. And the cycle of behavior that got us the Savings & loan buyouts, and later on the housing bubble continued feeding those addictions.

Human Beings like to mess with our sensory perceptions of the universe from the first time we figure out we can spin around and get dizzy. Like it or not, it's built in, that's a part of the brain that likes to be tickled. The behaviors we reward are the ones we're going to promote, and the broken, self-rewarding system we got gave us the broken, self-rewarding orange-tufted grabbalottapus.

So we need to change what we reward as a society.
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