The right to self medicate, and endulge in intoxicants...
Looking for opinions here It's a tricky one to define and reason exactly where you stand and why. I know and respect people who are of other opinions than mine and acknowledge the sense in some of their reasoning.
The question is where do you stand on where the line should be drawn between a person's right to self medicate or indulge in intoxicants, and when it becomes a legal matter and the business of others. Where should the line be drawn when it comes to allocating time and resources, how much do you sacrifice from say hospital needs, to fund the cops who fight the illegal drug trade and why? The 2 parts too it A)-self medicating B)-indulging have some blurred lines. Someone who is in pain all day, could be taking fairly regularly a prescribed pill containing some of the same stuff found in coke and can’t make it out of bed without it, and that is usually considered ok because it was prescribed by a doctor for a real problem. But what if that person decides the pill is too strong and makes him sick, and chooses to use street cocaine in a controlled way and finds that suppresses the pain much better with less side effects. Well we call that person a drug addict, so... But for the most part I consider self-medicating an individual using a drug he feels helps with his condition, and indulging someone just doing it for fun.
I think we can weed out positions on the extremes like heavy heroin or body crippling crystal meth abuse and the like where I've found most agree is going to far, although even still some are of the mind this is still a personal choice and argue you can't define a solid line between indulging every other weekend, and abusing all day everyday, when along the progression from one to another does one become the other? And that could also be interesting but for the most part I'd like to focus on the more grey parts of this issue where people seem to be all over the damb place. I think or at least hope I guess most here for the most part anyways are of the mind that very light, even beneficial intoxicants like marijuana shouldn't be illegal, especially given the fact alcohol isn't and is incredibly more destructive or that most at least see the massive hierocracy and flaw in the rules their. But where do you stand on things like light cocaine use, maybe some E or some shroom tea on a camping trip...whatever, and even prescribed medication (which can be abused worst of all sometimes) as a personal choice to partake in. It's funny people seem to have a bias towards illegal drugs as if theirs some special difference than some prescribed medication...lol Some of those legal meds have all kinds of powerful stuff in them found in cocaine and heroin and are very strong and easy to get a hold of. When I broke my hand last year I was given these little pills called tremecet which they keep a tight grip on and only give out to people they deem unlikely to be drug addict types, and it's good they do. It's a subsitute for T'3's which suck ass and make many people stomach sick. I was in incredible pain with my bone sticking out of my hand for 9 days till surgery, and after poppin 2 of those pills and 1 a couples hours later I was like "hhhhhholly shit, laalaalaa". It was probably the highest I've ever been in my life, like a full body shivers all around floating in the air high, it felt like (i would imagine having experimented lightly with cocaine) doing way way way too much coke. I was a high as a kite all week and felt no pain atall even though my injury was causing a crap load of it, I felt amazing, what a great week lying around the house high on powerful drugs on doctors orders lol. I thought this stuff would be extremely addictive, and its many times stronger and longer lasting than doing a couple lines of cocaine. I felt like if I took a couple more of those pills too early,my heart would explode.
What about tobacco cigarettes, the most deadly and destructive product man has ever created, more destructive than the a-bomb, which kills so many a year, that all the others fatalities of substance abusers from alcoholics to crack heads and everything in between combined don't even make a mark on the scale next to tobacco smoker fatalities. So where's your line, how would you, let's say hypothetically... if you ran your own country and made the laws the way you truly believed would be the most rational and well reasoned to benefit the people, structure the rules when it comes to the right to indulge in intoxicants.
My position: A little grey... but for the most part I have a hard time reasoning to myself that any personal choice like this, that doesn't directly harm others is anyone’s business but the individuals. The same way I feel getting your body covered in tattoos or piercings, or taking steroids till your biceps pops out of your arm, isn’t really any of my business. It can surely be argued that the few who abuse intoxicants are indirectly harming others by sucking up hospital time and resources, and bringing uninvited problems into the lives of those around them. But even thinking that way I would have a hard time defining the line between what should be considered really causing substantial harm to others as a result of your choice to indulge, we are all causing a little harm to each other all the time with the innumerable choices we make all day. And then you would have to continue with the reasoning and say people who eat unhealthy indirectly harm others by hogging up hospital time and resources and putting stress on those in their lives who worry and feel responsible to help...and so it should then also be the governments business how healthy you eat and how in shape you are, and so on down the slippery slope... I think if you stick to some basic rules of thumb when it comes to indulging in intoxicants which most people do in general very few make it a problem, you'll be just fine and won't cause any harm in your life or to those around you.
Basic ground rules:
1)-And most importantly, you must be very self aware and honest, and not delusional about what you are doing and the possible threat to your health and well being, you are not special, addiction can snag the very best of em... and you must be knowledgeable about the intoxicant you are partaking in and the effect on your body, the entire process and it's dangers.
2)-It can never affect your personal life and relationships (you can never choose to be with your high over a person important in your life)
3)-It can never affect your professional life/career
4)-It can never affect your financial responsibilities (you can never choose your high over food/bills/gas etc...)
5)-It can never seriously affect your health
I think stick to those as best you can, and you can't really get in too much trouble with your "fun time" of choice, sticking to these guides by default will keep the indulgence in moderation and under control for most people. Unless of course you are a super richy rich kid left millions from your late parents, who does nothing with himself, has no friends or family, then you'd have to make some new rules. lol
Now over to you... The following thread is proof that atheists don’t agree on much other than god claims!