Drugs – Defining the Ignorant Mentality as a “Place”
Symmachy | Thinking Differently | Drugs & Ignorance
Our views on drugs are formed in a state of unconscious ignorance at an age where we have no conception of their true functions or effects. This state of ignorance/unawareness is a place, not a character trait and it is in this place that our mental conditioning can be manipulated and where our cultural inclinations, beliefs and prejudices are formed. This place is a haven for the trouble-minded, the unsure; a place where correct behaviour and belief can be defined and enforced in the acceptance or disparagement of the group-mind. This is a place where the individual is dampened for the betterment of the whole and divergence is branded and outcast. In other words the individual takes opinion from the group consensus and the survival of the place is thus ensured in a joint co-operation. We start our learning young, thrust from our safe havens at the age of 4 or 5 and placed into the hands of teachers who seek to “educate” us and to shape our place in society.
We are grouped together, not to form friendships and bonds, but to keep each other in check. It is a defence mechanism of the state, to make sure that the awareness of the majority is diminished and to reduce the number of “anomalies”, or true individuals. If I was to say to a group of college students, “man you should try mushrooms or DMT they can really change your perceptions on how you see the world”, the majority of them would be horrified. This conditioning is a thing that breeds not of an individual conscious but a group psychology. They need to live together daily so they form opinions which are roughly participatory with the current meme.
On the issue of drugs our understandings are split from a very young age. Drugs, it seems, are negative substances, grouped in their capacity to cause strange/different and therefore negative behaviour1. Strange behaviours aren’t tolerated in this place of unawareness and the “other” is not exotic or unusual but bad and a hazard to the perfect running of the “place”. Alcohol and cigarettes are drugs, just as coffee, sugar, tea, (and going into a more psychological zone) sex etc are also drugs. We refuse to recognise this and if we do we deny that these drugs have any affect at all on our comfortable lives. This is ridiculous in itself as alcohol and cigarettes kill more people each year than all the other drugs combined. You see this is hypocrisy, trading off substances in the cultural mind set. Why is cannabis illegal? A drug that has never killed anyone…ever! Why are magic mushrooms illegal? They grow naturally upon the planet after all and the LD 50 (this is the amount at which half of 20 rats would die under experimentation) is something like 2500 grammes. Well, considering 5 grams is referred to as a “heroic dose” I think the odds are fairly in your favour that you’re going to come out ok don’t you? Unless you’re really hungry of course!
If we are talking about the psychological implications of drugs then we enter a new field that is equally unfathomable in terms of the illegality of some substances. Mushrooms have been shown to help in the treatment of mental disorders and the oils of cannabis can be shown to cure cancer. While taking any drug is a risk, including alcohol and cigarettes, these drugs are not addictive substances in the main and are not recreational.
It is also worth noting that while we are conditioned to renounce them, some drugs have come to be seen as party drugs (ecstasy and MDMA are two that spring to mind) and it is also true that heroin and cocaine find similar markets in the dregs of society and the rebellious-mindset. Governments recognise markets when they see them and the narcotics industry in particular is promoted and supplied covertly by the same organisations that apparently eschew those drugs. Every year the CIA imports vast amounts of cocaine and heroin from abroad to supply and promote the narcotics industry, which, according to a UN report and validated here in our fun, family approved source of information Wikipedia:
“… the global drug trade generated an estimated US$321.6 billion in 2003.With a world GDP of US$36 trillion in the same year, the illegal drug trade may be estimated as slightly less than 1% (0.893%) of total global commerce”
The same governments that ban uses of such drugs and imprison those who use them are in fact promoting them. The drugs output of Afghanistan, you might remember a minor invasion occurred in 2001, has increased 33 fold post-war. Whether you believe the claims of “U.S. Army planes leaving Afghanistan carrying coffins empty of bodies, but filled with drugs” (RAWA), it can still be readily observed that the Bush administration failed to destroy the crops as promised and that the drug lords seem to occupy a position of immunity to the law.
There is something to be said for keeping people addicted and dependent. The narcotics is just another part of the long pole of consumerist intent and unlike mushrooms, unlike DMT, unlike mescaline, unlike cannabis, these drugs do not expand the mind of Individuals. As Bill Hicks says:
“Isn’t it interesting the two drugs that are legal; alcohol and cigarettes, two drugs that do absolutely nothing for you at all; and those drugs that might open your mind up to help you realize how badly you’re being… fucked, every day of your life … Those drugs are against the law. He-heh, coincidence? I don’t know”
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1 We should note that the connotations of words are very often restrictive and leave very little room for alternate viewpoint. Please view the category Semantic Symmachy for further information on the definition of words and our cultural understandings of them.