Illicit drug trade, not education, thrives on high school campuses
Dear Straight Talk: I'm a sophomore writing to complain about the open use of drugs at my school. Kids are vaping "dabs" [ultra-concentrated hash oil] with their e-cigarettes in broad daylight on a daily basis. Those boys sleeping in class? They vaped dabs during gym. Teachers and faculty are clueless and should be required to take classes on the new drugs, paraphernalia and lingo so students aren't constantly exposed and pressured. —Trying to Get an Education in a Drugstore, Sonoma County, Calif.
Editor's Note: Today's topic really has me stirred up. The purpose of drug culture in the 60s and 70s generation was to expand consciousness, to break the chains of the super-ingrained oppressive society of that time. the must-believe-all-authority-figures, must-die-in-a-senseless-war mentality. It went way beyond that: Men had short hair and wore pants, women had long hair and wore dresses and hose. Period. Everyone was supposed to eat white bread and iceberg lettuce, believe what you were told on the two TV-station news programs, and a woman sure better enjoy vacuuming and ironing or there was seriously something wrong with her. Eastern thought was just breaking through, the birth control pill had just been invented, the Kennedys and Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated and mistrust of government was rising from the ashes. Before this time, alcohol and nicotine were pretty much the only mainstream drugs and an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, even a divorced woman, meant a woman hung her head, went into hiding, or worse.
But the drugs and free sex that that generation used to shake society to the core and break the chains of oppression were supposed to do just that — not become the new chains!
Today, drugs and easy sex are the norm, all getting stronger and weirder by the day, steadily encroaching upon early childhood. The level of oppression today is huge and oddly covert. Lives of seemingly free expression are programmed with nonstop commercial media, the ability to think and concentrate has slipped, for men, it's taking away your libido, for women it's taking away your natural beauty and power, you're back in the 50s in reverse, thinking you're liberated.
If you want to rebel today, fall in love with someone who's in love with you and commit (how novel). Be yourself, without drugs or alcohol, or media (I wonder if you can? That was John Lennon's line). Find out who you really are outside of the fog. Find out what's going on with your country. Learn a non-technological skill. Go outside, read books not sound bites, stop eating crap just because it's there, stop watching porn and fapping just because it's there and you can, stop painting your nails and hair with carcinogens and dreaming about injections and implants just because everyone else does. Drugs, porn, and sodas the size of toilet bowls are the new white bread that's killing you — and what you're supposed to be rebelling against! We rely on each generation's young to break through, not dive deeper into the sludge they've inherited. That kids are vaping 80 percent THC dabs at school, and this is cool, is the oppressor's dream. I don't usually go on such a one-sided rant, because we all got here together, and I'm totally generalizing; one of you did write in complaining, after all. But I sure would like to see youthful rebellion against that which oppresses, not a deep-dive death wish against your own humanity.
I do have a theory on it, actually, and it will be YOUR kids who will be sick of it enough to rebel. But some of you will start it... are starting it. Bravo!
Timothy Leary, Harvard psychiatrist who turned LSD guru of the 60s-70s, advised young people to turn on (to drugs), tune in (to spiritual awakening, mainly eastern thought), and drop out (of mainstream oppressive society). The new slogan could be drop in (to who you really are, without drugs), turn off (the constant electronics) and tune in (to nature, your culture and the world). —Love, Lauren
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