Without laboring the point, my thinking behind the thread was to discuss the power of these "drugs". Why we use them and why it is so very hard to "put them down". You would think it common sense, if it is declared by "experts" the use of these substances is "killing" us, it would be a no brainer. But we don't. We will jump out of airplanes to get the adrenalin and endorphins to kick in to give us "that high" everyone is so desperate for, risking our life in the process. It doesn't matter if it is jumping out of an airplane, snorting cocaine, taking a toke, smoking a cigarette, getting drunk, huffing aerosol cans, mainlining or what have you. People are willing to risk their lives to get somewhere reality cannot provide for them, and the dollars keep rolling in.
I think of the horrible outcome of our economy if someone were to discover the cure for cancer, heart disease and diabeties. Unfortunately, I think there are others who are thinking the same thing. What would happen to the economy if we stopped getting sick. When you think about it, our economy thrives on the frailties of human beings and what they are willing to do in order to survive. Billions and billions of dollars are made on such frailties. It seems we are in a major paradox here; we're damned it we do, and were damned if we don't. What are willing to do to ditch this senseless economic system and do the real research we need to be doing, or continue to survive looking the other way. There is a gross amount of money made waiting to die. People do these things because they have an extremely hard time surviving in this reality, and are unconsciously trying to seek somehing it doesn't offer naturally risking that life to do so as if it doesn't matter to them if they live or die. We have volumes upon volumes upon volumes of tomes it takes years and years of study that is efforting to do one thing, figure our the body and why it does what it does from the brain to on down. The more we try, the more volumes we add to the list. God, we want to live. and we will do anything to get there, even smoke deadly cigarettes. People don't participate in these activities because they want to die, they do it to find some escape from this insane reality. IMO, that is the bottom line.
So we have built into the system a defense mechanism for those who are dependent on it, as they profess "how great life is" and you must do as we say if you want to live. Understand!!!!!!! You obey our laws, take our medicine, listen to us and you will enjoy life. It is becoming more and more and more absurd and it is driving people insane. Good, very good people in search for life. We are commiting suicide to get there, to the point we raise our hands in despair and say "well, that's just life"; I disagree. That is not life, not by a long shot.
Money is being made everywhere defending this so called life that is spending a trillion dollars a year on drugs to survive and yet all they get is a chance to spend more money as they survive longer. Life has become a food chain in which those at the top devour those at the bottom to maintain lifestyles, status, heirarchy and thrones of godliness who thrive on that food chain.
I am not pointing the finger at anyone here. It's been this way for a long time now; call it "forever"; and that is the last resort statement when we arrive at deadends, "it's always been that way" it's nature, it's evolution, it's just the way it is. Yes, it is true, that is the way it is, but it is not the way it was meant to be.
It is only going to get worse if we stay on this path in our efforts to figure it all out. We have experience enough to understand we will never be able to do that. But it is profitable, isn't it?