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Thoughts about drugs

So, the afternoon was spent at a gang inservice. I always find this kind of stuff really interesting. Got to learn how to read the codes in graffiti. *thumbs up* Also what color of bandannas NOT to wear. After all, pink is sooooo out this season... *chuckles* Then, on to more serious matters, I start thinking about the drug trade, gang involvement, and my own personal views on drugs.

Yes, I have done drugs in the past. Nothing too "manufactured", sticking to the organic stuff. Marijuana usually being the drug of choice, and shrooms (magic mushrooms) being my favourite. The last time I did drugs was on the grad night of my first University degree in May 2002. I decided that since I was accepted into the Faculty of Education and I was serious about becoming a teacher, that I would have to retire that part of my life. Just like when I got rid of my hair colours, and eventually took out my neck piercings. I felt like I had to change. This choice was not forced onto me; it was something I wanted to do. That was my evolving.

I have never really had a problem with other people using when it came to marijuana. There are people very close to me that still use. One of my University friends is a drug dealer. Two of my good friends, even though they do enjoy it for recreational reasons, do have legitimate medical issues which pot does alleviate some pain. I asked people not to drive under the influence, ANY influence. I did get a little flack from some people for that, ("I've driven much more stoned"... "No one else is driving this car"...) and most of my friends have totally respected that and I drive. Not a huge deal.

I had (and still have) an issue when the drugs took over. I have had a few friends that the drugs were their first priority. It was no longer recreation: it was obsession. Relationships, finances, and job situations were disintegrating. And I've had those talks to those people, and I have survived them. Some relationships have reformed, some haven't. People make their own choices, and everyone close to me knows my opinions.

Now, I think they are starting to change a bit more.

My question to the users out there: Do you know where your drugs are coming from??? Is there any chance, anywhere down the line, that it is involved with gang activity? Gangs provide no good aspect to any community, and even without these inservices, I already know how gangs take, claim, rape, destroy, and celebrate in the carnage. (If there is someone out there reading this and in a gang, I will not apologize. If you want to logically offer an opposing view, I'm all for it... but this is based on my experiences, my education, and my opinion) Maybe your drug dealer isn't DIRECTLY involved... but where is he or she getting the drugs from? If it's from an elderly couple growing from their basement, that's hunky doory. Maybe your regular dealer is all out and you buy from someone new. Do you know where THEY are getting it? Before you tell me to "calm down" or "chill out" and, after all, "it's only a little pot", think of this... If there is any gang affiliation ANYWHERE down the line... you are promoting the objectification and prostitution of women, you are promoting violence and intimidation, you are promoting the corruption of youth and you are helping to fund the disgusting and horrific actions of this pathetic race.

The subject of drugs are not sitting too well with me today. The more I learn, the more jaded I become. Ignorance is bliss....

*sighs*Too bad no one ever bothers to pay attention to the whole passage.

Yet ah! why should they know their fate,
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies?
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.

-Thomas Gray, "On a Distant Prospect of Eton College" 1742


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Nov. 11th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)

That puts my rant to shame. Was speaking to my sister yesterday about the recent beatings and attacks happening to innocent people at home. I agree with you about gang situations. My city is close to reaching an all-time murder high...thanks, mostly, to gang activity. The drug thing is always more complicated than simply getting high.

Nice rant.
Nov. 11th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)
*nods* And thanks for being sick and continually checking here and your email. *grins*

Something really interesting that was brought up before was is the violence really getting worse or not. The cops say that gang activity has always been circular: it comes and goes in waves. Maybe what is different is now we are starting to pay attention...
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