A great post at Poopoochoochoo November 25, 2001 4:30 PM   Subscribe

A great post at Poopoochoochoo, found via Alternate.org.
posted by Mo Nickels to General Weblog-Related at 4:30 PM (17 comments total)

"L'opium d├ęgage l'esprit. Jamais il ne rend spirituel"*

Well that couldn't have been more honest or indeed true. I was reminded of Jean Cocteau's Opium, a slim 10/18 paperback my generation read, because it was cheap and a lot of Angolan grass was flooding into Portugal after the 1974 revolution. Looking for the exact quote(and failing, but the above is pretty close)I came across an interesting French quotation repository which seems very useful. E.g. it quotes Lily Tomlin alongside Cocteau; so can't be all bad.

*Opium detaches one's soul. It can never make us spiritual
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:12 PM on November 25, 2001

Personally, I blame the parents.
posted by kindall at 5:58 PM on November 25, 2001

strangely enough, a very entertaining read. overly depressing and cynical as it hits too close to home, but entertaining nonetheless. more people need to supply a number of accompanying pictures with their entries like that.. but then there are the copyright problems i guess...
posted by lotsofno at 9:09 PM on November 25, 2001

That stupid 10 year old bastard doesn't know what's in store for him.
posted by signal at 11:45 PM on November 25, 2001

Kind of miserable, wouldn't you say? I never got the whole "life sucks so let me take this mood altering substance so it will make it suck more in the long run" thing.
posted by owillis at 1:11 AM on November 26, 2001

owillis: in fact that's the main cause. Drugs, at the beginning, make life seem wonderful. Instead of saying "Just say no" governments should do as they do here in Portugal and Holland and tell kids: "Yes it's trulywonderful for a few weeks but after that you have to take ever-increasing amounts just to feel the way you did before you started taking drugs."
Which is absolutely true. Apart from heroin, I've tried every drug there is. And, apart from alcohol, none of them retain any attraction whatsoever.

posted by MiguelCardoso at 2:56 AM on November 26, 2001

Depression can be treated with medication and therapy. Banal methods, I suppose, by comparison to alcohol and street drugs, but effective in my case.
posted by Carol Anne at 4:43 AM on November 26, 2001

ya know miguel, that was a good post man. I mean cool. good imagery (i can see you rolling an angolian spliff with bamboos(sic sp) the francais repository site is good too.
posted by clavdivs at 8:06 AM on November 26, 2001

So that's what I'm doing wrong! I thought I was supposed to live my life depressed, miserable, alone, and drug-free. But I'm supposed to live my life depressed, miserable, alone and strung out on mind-altering substances so I can blame the drugs on what is ultimately my own damn fault.

Shit! I coulda had a V-8!
posted by ZachsMind at 8:19 AM on November 26, 2001

all V8 does is string me out in the bathroom wondering if the tide will ever cease. it does not.
posted by moz at 8:34 AM on November 26, 2001

Clearly, we have wildly varying standards of greatness. The trite, petty musings of a whiner just don't qualify for me, somehow.
posted by rushmc at 8:43 AM on November 26, 2001

How about the whinings of a muser, though?
posted by rodii at 9:13 AM on November 26, 2001

Or the minings of a Hoosier?
posted by iceberg273 at 9:25 AM on November 26, 2001

*nasal spraying now concluded; bringing out the Monitor Vim...*
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:50 AM on November 26, 2001

"Yes it's trulywonderful for a few weeks but after that you have to take ever-increasing amounts just to feel the way you did before you started taking drugs."

Is that suposed to be a liberal attitude? Generalizing all drugs like that is a pretty simple-minded way to keep people off of drugs that they may very well handle and actually enjoy for quite some time.

I clearly did not see this as a grand justification for drug abuse nor necessarily cynical. Its interesting to note that he started with pot because of sexual frustrations. Pot for many users enhances the sexual experience and in some works as an aphrodisiac, though it is not technically an aphrodisiac. There are different ways of using pot (or any drug for that matter), its one thing to get stoned multiple times a day and another to use it once a day, before sex, before listening to music, etc.

As far as cyncism goes, well that's completely subjective. Obviously he doesn't feel he fits in too well with the corporate model of employment. Fine, you don't have to work in an office space. If there's anything wrong with this article its that he hasn't discovered that there are alternatives to what his degree or whatever suggests he should be doing.

It hits close to home here too, I'm in the post layoff stage trying to remain productive and trying not each too much ice cream. His criticism of the Nancy Reagen school of drug management is right on. the question of drug use is complex and can't really be answered by a simple yes/no answer. The obvious pandering to children is ridiculous, if anything it makes harder drugs look cooler to the impressionable when the top-down message is as fanatical as the "Just say no" campaign was.

posted by skallas at 11:01 AM on November 26, 2001

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:25 PM on November 26, 2001

Skallas, I'm in post layoff mode as well and it still rang hollow for me. My only addiction so far has been the Chinese food at the corner that delivers to me...
posted by owillis at 1:26 AM on November 27, 2001

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