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Subconscious Guilt Of Using Drugs In A Narcophobic Society
    #3025207 - 08/19/04 09:05 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

The Subconscious Guilt Of Using Entheogens In A Narcophobic Society
By Twirling

Drugs tend to be the origin of my philosophy, the catalyst for connecting with myself. In the end, it?s not about the drugs so much as their ability to remove the influence of the outside world and at the same time, creating an internal experience of a whole other world. I?m generally good at keeping the perspective when sober, so again, it?s not so much about the drugs themself, but what it inspires me to recognize about myself & life.


So then it follows that drugs being considered one of the ultimate taboos in our society, amongst rape and murder, that there is an association of guilt, repression, and an underlying questioning of whether or not a drug-based philosophy is simply a chemically induced insanity. I often find myself, when I feel depressed, blaming the drugs for my problems, and then also feeling like my unique outlook on life is absurd simply because it doesn?t meet the status quo.

But then I usually figure what?s really bothering me and it has nothing to do with drugs. In fact, if anything, it has to do with repressing the insights I get from my practice of meditation, entheogens, psychotherapy, and general introspection.

People naturally feel guilt or a sense of insecurity for doing something considered taboo by society, even if they rational know it?s not true. Consider the difficulty people who are homosexual have in feeling okay with being gay. Societies typically have general guidelines for how to live by denouncing certain types of behaviors while encouraging others. Aside from the counter-culture, drugs are punished, looked down upon, and considered by many to be the cause of laziness, insanity, and criminal activity. Simply reading newspapers gives an uninformed person the idea that Salvia Divinorum is attacking our children, causing addiction, and deserving of scheduling. Unfortunately, trying to get equal time in a newspaper by defending Salvia with facts and science is impossible because anybody who has anything positive to say about psychoactive drugs is considered to be proselytizing and would cause a great deal of outraged letters from concerned, paranoid parents.

So how does that effect the cultures based around responsible drug use? For one thing, it seems like some people out there feel so put off by those attitudes that they remove themselves from integrating their philosophy into mainstream society. Others may become depressed or feel alienated by ?the rest of society? because they feel so different, which is a common occurrence in people?s lifestyles which is different than the norm.

While still others may lose what they learn from drugs and revert back to previous lifestyles or outlooks. Consider the PLUR raver movement. People in raves learned a sense of respect and love for one and another from Ecstacy, but along comes the Rave Act and propaganda in television shows and next thing you know, that connection to each other is lost. Then the rave scene becomes more about the drug than the empathy it produces. (Incidentally, television writers are actually payed by congress to put in anti-drug storylines in order to manipulate public opinion against drugs. They do this by taking the worst possible case scenario and making it a reality. For instance, there was a Dawson?s Creek episode where one of the girls takes Ecstacy and collapses. The reason is because she?s taking a MAOI for depression, which is a bit absurd considering the rarity of MAOIs.)

So where does that leave the responsible, insightful user who uses drugs for positive results? For some, it?s not so much of a problem because drug use may be the norm within their peers or society, which is a testament to the cultural relativeness to Narcophobia. But for those who feel any sort of negative association with their drug use, the ultimate solution may rest in realizing that the separation between someone who uses drugs and the ?rest of society? is an illusion. Drug users are a natural part of society whether repressed or not. Recognize that non-drug users, or people?s whose outlook varies from your own aren?t any better or worse, and that it comes down to a matter of individual choice as well as respect for diversity. Don?t be afraid to voice yourself when someone misrepresents drug use (but be respectful of their opinion as well). Of course, also be aware of the destructive side of drugs, and that some people?s lives are destroyed from using them irresponsibly. On top of which, it?s also imperative to recognize when your own drug use is headed in that direction. After all, the goal should be to improve the person you are or other positive behavior, and that there are times when people should feel a sense of guilt for drug abuse (nothing wrong with recreation either, as long as it?s in moderation and responsible).

That being said, the more we self-actualize ourselves, the more of an impact we can have in changing the negative perception of drugs in society. The goal should be short-term and focused on what you can do, not what should be. Otherwise it feels like a fruitless and futile effort. Rather than have an all or none approach, it makes more sense to me to just be whoever you are and do what you can to fight any internal result of Narcophobia.


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Re: Subconscious Guilt Of Using Drugs In A Narcophobic Society [Re: Twirling]
    #3025306 - 08/19/04 09:24 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Very thoughtful.


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Re: Subconscious Guilt Of Using Drugs In A Narcophobic Socie [Re: Twirling]
    #3026267 - 08/20/04 12:40 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

"They do this by taking the worst possible case scenario and making it a reality. For instance, there was a Dawson?s Creek episode where one of the girls takes Ecstacy and collapses. The reason is because she?s taking a MAOI for depression, which is a bit absurd considering the rarity of MAOIs.)"

That's not that uncommon, people taking MAOI's for depression. That is a worse case scenario, however. That girl was ignorant, and should have been informed about depression, about drugs, and about MAOI's she was taking.


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Re: Subconscious Guilt Of Using Drugs In A Narcophobic Socie [Re: NariusFractal]
    #3028411 - 08/20/04 02:10 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

All the sources I've read on MAOIs suggest that it's fairly rare to prescribe them, although maybe they were referring to them in comparison to SSRI's and the like. Any information on the number of people on MAOI's? I'd be interested in it.


Either way, it was used simply as a plot device in order to show the dangers of MDMA, to get people to say to themselves "This is what happens with drugs". Actually, whenever you see someone taking ecstacy on a television show, it almost always ends with someone passing out. It's fairly predictable.


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