I like Eric's analysis and insights.But this piece feels
incomplete. What are the alternatives to illegal heroin? Unless it is illegal,
the courts have no basis to order treatment. Addicts will not typically
voluntarily commit themselves to a treatment program.Russell
Brand's arguments are persuasive and articulate. But what are the
alternatives to the current "war on" strategy?
Should mind altering drugs be made legal when the "mind altering effect"
is not something that a doctor would prescribe to treat an illness? Should
society allow people to use anything that they want to get the "highs"
that make them happy? What happens when someone high on drugs drives a car?
What happens when someone high on drugs fills a prescription, or extracts a
tooth or teaches our children in school? What happens if that person is a
police officer with a gun on his belt or a soldier driving a tank?Drugs are outlawed for a reason and that reason is some members of society are
unable to control their appetites once they "taste" drugs. Addiction
would never happen if people were able to control themselves. An addict had to
violate the law to become an addict. The consequence of that action is a
life-long desire to continue taking that drug. Should society open
the flood-gates so that everyone can become addicted? Self-control
is the only safe way to live life.
Hollywood is synonymous with certain things..1. Divorce2. Drug
abuse3. AlcoholismWhat does this say about actors and the
entire Hollywood enterprise and culture? It says that this hollow and artificial
culture based on ego and greed is self destructive. Probably 90% of these actors
and directors have no religion and are mostly godless men and women who worship
money and themselves. There is no foundation for these people to fall back on -
nothing to ground them and allow them to control their lives. They get plastic
surgery and tummy tucks to attempt to preserve a false image but even that only
lasts for so long. We should never find our selves getting too caught up in any
movie emotionally because for the most part the actors lives are lies and with
few exceptions most movies have no redeeming value and we will always be
disappointed. I guess this is why I find it so absurd when we quote actors about
politics and policies in our government. These people can't even control
themselves let alone have any concept of how to best live within a healthy
Perhaps patriot is correct about those who choose "acting" as a career,
but we should never think that a certain "class" of people are worthless
because their lives differ from our own. In every city, in every town, there
are people who are struggling with problems, that to them are huge. When those
problems seem insurmountable, some turn to alcohol. Some turn to drugs. Some
do other things that are destructive to themselves or to others. Should we
reject them because they're facing problems that they don't know how
to handle?"Movie people" get a lot of press when things go
wrong in their lives, but, before judging, visit any jail, any drug or alcohol
rehab center. Those places probably have very few "actors", but they
are full of ordinary folks who have serious problems.Would making
drugs legal solve the problem? Does a pain killer heal a broken leg? If we
ignore the "problems" we'll never find the proper cure. Making
drugs legal does not solve the underlying problem.