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We live in a Drug Culture.
We need to live in a Culture of Love.
I don't see much difference between these areas of drug use.
I therefore disagree with the War on Drugs, which basically makes non-medical drugs illegal and bad. This leads to: hiding mental health problems, criminalising drug users, funding terrorism, intimidating whole countries, creating huge drug cartels with their associated crime and extreme violence.
Criminalisation of drug users is far more harmful than the effects of the drugs. So, I applaud countries like Portugal, Netherlands and Colombia (e.g. see here, here).
As Iceland discovered, young people don't actually want to use drugs!! They want to be able to lead happy, healthy lives. So, we need to discover what we are doing that is blocking this natural drug-free desire in youth!
We need Gross National Happiness. We need to bring mental health issues to light. The money spent on drug enforcement should rather be spent on the health improvement of drug users.
Drug addiction and poor attachment is partly derived from medical drug use at birth and in early life. Drugs at birth disrupt attunement and bonding between mother and child. Both are less alert, and breastfeeding is difficult to establish. We need natural birth. We must build babies, not jails.
Surely we need to take the time to truly care for our physical bodies and our souls?
"Each of us possesses a soul, and this soul has needs. If so many human beings are unconscious of these needs, it is because they have stifled them by leading a life without ideals. But these needs are there, and sometimes they manifest in people but they do not understand the language. All these dangerous experiments – like drugs for example – that today tempt young people as well as adults, are expressions of something they are lacking, a call of the soul, hungry for the infinite, and demanding to be nourished. Indeed, what is left for the soul in a society which flouts all belief in a divine world, and in which political rivalries and economic and social success are held up as ideals? Since we deprive the soul of the spiritual foods it needs to be able to soar into space, it looks for these elements in the material realm, in substances such as tobacco, alcohol and drugs, all that we call ‘artificial paradises’. But then these substances destroy humans physically and psychically." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
We need a Culture of Love.
Resources and Sources:-
Drugs & Spirituality
The High Ideal
Culture of Love