I’d like to begin by saying that I am not asking “why?” in the exclamatory sense, as in “why do you people do this?!?!?!?!?!” (ears blowing steam, face red). I am actually looking for explanations, that is really what I’m here for.
A friend of mine, C, just spent an hour and a half in an IM conversation trying to convince me to smoke marijuana. He wrote impromptu poetry about the spiritual and personal tranquility and understanding that weed brings you. Let me repeat that in case you missed it.
He wrote impromptu poetry about the spiritual and personal tranquility and understanding that weed brings you.
He talked about my “fear” of marijuana and repeatedly asked me for “arguments” against his “case”. It was as though I had to present logical reasons to not use marijuana. I repeatedly countered his “arguments” with the most rational argument I could, this argument being that I don’t feel like smoking marijuana. He told me that all the world’s cultures have found that marijuana brings relaxation and that it would be good for me. Oh, and of course, he wanted me to use marijuana for my sake.
He had done this before, trying to convince me to smoke marijuana for an hour. I could go on and on describing his statements, since, after all, he went on for an hour and a half. There’s a lot that you can say about pot in that length of time. He told me that all the people he knew who tried it thought it improved their life and that he knows how I feel and that he was “once like me” (I doubt it…) and…you get the picture.
Why do these people do this? I don’t understand. Other people have gotten insistent about marijuana before with me, though not to such an extreme extent. I am searching for an explanation: what are the psychological forces that cause an evangelical pot advocate to act the way that he/she does?