Ok, so now we officially have a place where you can smoke pot legally. Yay. I don’t drink or do any drugs, I’m not exactly anti-drinking or anti-drugs, either. I say, go ahead and do whatever you want and I’ll go ahead and dislike you for it.
Growing up, I was the only person in my entire circle of friends that didn’t get high. I took a little bit of crap for it and I was treated a little as an outsider for it, but I also was able to toss a few barbs in return. Years later, I’m not entirely sure it made a difference. We’re all at varied levels of success in careers, some with families, some without.
As I get older, I find that I’m trying to look at the bigger picture, not so much focused on my life or my contributions, but more focused on humanity as a whole. Theosophy has helped in that regard, understanding that we keep coming back, life after life, to improve ourselves and all of humanity based on successes and hardships we’ve previously experienced.
You see the progression of humanity becoming ever more humane, with civil rights and equality and less barbarism. There’s still quite a few holdouts that want things to go back, but overall we’re making slow progress.
We’re all pretty well aware that drugs of any kind impede a persons development, either temporarily or, after long extended periods, permanently. There is a strong argument that pot is harmless and does nothing but calm and relax people. But that there is also the harm. You can’t simply escape life, there is much to be done.
Does this future vision of stoned zombies worry me? Not really. I live surrounded by a whole bunch of “functional alcoholics”, who work all day, then stay drunk all night. I have no idea how they do it. Maybe they’d be much more productive if they didn’t drink, and that’s how I feel about the future breed of “functional stoners”.
But again, I’m not worried, because not everyone is going to be sucked into this lifestyle. There will always be people who will work for the common good and try to improve the world. I guess I’m just concerned that it will be a distraction for those people who haven’t chosen a life of self-improvement and simply decide life is pure enjoyment and leisure.