Tuesday, May 22, 2012

on a more mundane note.

 Why I think being stoned and being drunk is wrong. 
I think it’s wrong to be stoned and I think it’s wrong to be drunk.  Being stoned and being drunk are synthetic (fake) states of “feel good” consciousness and hence make one miserable. (Yes, I think one can be miserable without feeling miserable in the same way one can be guilty without feeling guilty; read Plato (specifically the Gorgias and the Republic) if you’re confused about this.) Having a fake feeling of “happiness” is the epitome of misery and anyone who pursues it on a regular basis is in that respect miserable and pathetic.
N.B.:  My reason for thinking this has nothing to do with the adverse health effects (or lack thereof—alcohol is clearly worse) of either substance.  Nor has this anything to do with the social problems (or lack thereof—again alcohol is worse) created by either substance.  Let it be that both substances are equally harmless to one’s body and community as drinking water—my principal reason for thinking that being high and being drunk is wrong would still go through unscathed.  
N.B.: Smoking pot for *truly* medicinal reasons (e.g., chronic / excruciating pain) isn’t wrong for the same reason that using opiates medicinal reasons isn’t wrong.  The junkie injects heroine in order to take a normal/healthy state of mind into a synthetically altered state (or sadly, a synthetically normal state), but the chemo patient uses morphine to take an unnaturally altered state of mind (excruciating pain) to what would otherwise be a (relatively) more healthy/normal state.  The same chasm of a difference divides the pothead from the pot smoking hospice patient. 
Why I think pot should be illegal and why I think alcohol shouldn’t be. 
(though I would support increased restrictions on the sale of alcohol). 
Though it’s true that alcohol can alter one’s state of consciousness much more violently than pot can (or so I’m told—I wouldn’t know), the fact remains that one can drink without intending to get drunk or even buzzed but one cannot smoke without intending to get high or at least buzzed. To say the same thing, one can sip on 1.5 ounces of whiskey over a half hour period for the sake of its taste and its (non-mind-altering) effects without intending to get buzzed and without getting buzzed.  The same cannot be said for lighting up a joint, and anyone who tells you that she smokes a certain strain of cannabis purely for its flavor profile is lying.  If alcohol got no one drunk it would still be readily available.  If weed got no one high it would only be known by its binomial nomenclature (that is, by no one who isn’t a botanist or stoned out of her mind looking up random wikipedia articles).  Anyone ever hear of Epiphyllum phyllanthus?  Didn’t think so.  I’ll sell you an eighth, though, for 40 bucks. It’s just as skunky as Snoop Dogg Master Kush and it will make you feel like you just sprinted up two flights of stairs.  Any takers? Didn’t think so. 
“But,” (I hear my Legalize It Now! students protesting), “most people drink to get drunk!”  
Right.  So most people should be more temperate or not drink. What’s your point?  Furthermore, that’s a really good reason to seriously restrict the sale of alcohol.  (We can start with a two drink maximum at bars and 2 six pack / ½ bottle of liquor / 2 bottles of wine per week maximum wherever alcohol is sold. To quote John Mark Reynolds, mickey mouse rules for mickey mouse behavior.)
So in a word:  Because the consumption of alcohol can be moral and pot cannot, I support the legal status quo of both substances. (However, I do not support medical marijuana [sic] statutes akin to those in California, for they pretty much make pot de facto legal.)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Christ's message is everywhere

(...for those who care to see it?)

“A stranger can see in an instant something in you that you might spend years learning about yourself. How awful we all are when we look at ourselves under a light, finally seeing our reflections. How little we know about ourselves. How much forgiveness it must take to love a person, to choose not to see their flaws, or to see those flaws and love the person anyway. If you never forgive you’ll always be alone.”
Stephan Elliot, The Adderall Diaries 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

why friendship is more important than the truth. ?

“The confessions can’t be disproved, not fully. What portion of each tale is true and how much of what they’re saying does each of them believe?  The truth and the lie combine to create history, like red and yellow paint mixing to orange, the original colors ceasing to exist.”
Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries 

stating the obvious?

“Much is based on my own memories and is faithful to my recollections, but only a fool mistakes a memory for fact.”
Stephen Elliott, The Adderall Diaries
Why, because you have some memories that convince you that some other ones aren’t reliable? But only a fool…
Or perhaps you doubt the veracity of a certain memory because someone whom you trust remembers differently than you do? But only a fool…

Sunday, May 06, 2012

on choosing to see.

“God’s message is everywhere—if you care to see it.”

--A certain Hebrew on a certain Hebrew text.  

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