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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Sober and Drug Free

I don't drink. Never have. Same with illegal drugs. (Unless you count the one time I tasted wine as a teenager. I caved when my mother threatened me if I did not. Apparently, I was "making a scene.")

Personally, I prefer to keep what little control I have over my mind at all times. I desire to make conscious choices about my actions. Why introduce something that is designed to interefer with that? I have a good friend who tells me life is to be experienced and I am denying myself the exerience of altered states of consciousness by not indulging. I am being supressed through indoctrination and false information. Hmmm...perhaps.

On the other hand, what if I'm not? It is my opinion I am making a conscious decision to avoid that which would weaken me. There are other paths to altered states of consciousness, ones that include being aware of and in control of the actions of my physical body at the same time. If my inhibitions are to be lowered, why not have it be because I choose to act in courage? Or perhaps I simply decide to let go of my inhibitions. It becomes a choice rather than using a chemical as a crutch and something to blame.

Expressing with clarity has perhaps not been the strength of this post. Also, I want it perfectly clear I do not look down on those who choose to indulge in these practices. That is their right. What I don't understand is why some claim the right to indulge, but then look down on those who choose not to indulge.

I've been told, "You don't know what you're missing." No, I don't. And I'm okay with that.


Blogger LemmingLord said...

That's a very good point! Why suggest a path to a place someone doesn't want to go?

Of course this question applies to missionaries too.

Fri Aug 18, 08:19:00 AM MDT  

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