Astoundingly stupid, eh?
I’d probably have to disagree with that. Lifelong pothead, author, and astronomer Carl Sagan might, too.
If you think getting stoned “compels someone to willfully give up logical reasoning and clarity,” well, then, I don’t know. Maybe you’ve never smoked pot. Or maybe you smoked it once or twice, started seeing stars, and decided that it wasn’t for you.
The simple fact of the matter is that most experienced smokers don’t get that way. The first several times one smokes it, it’s a tripped-out, almost psychedelic experience. Keep on smoking, however, and all it really does is mellow you out.
To be quite honest with you, I smoke a hell of a lot of pot. I toke every single day when it’s available and I’ve been doing so for 9 years.
I go to work stoned (RELAX : I sit in an office and peck away on a keyboard all night - not exactly a safety threat), yet my boss praises my accuracy, speed, and attention to small, but potentially problematic details that he would have missed.
I do 90% of my studying stoned, yet consistenly get very high grades (rarely less than A’s) in my classes. Instructors frequently come to me with questions, and most of the other students consider me the “resident nerd,” so to speak.
I also enjoy reading a considerable amount of prose while stoned. I devoured the 2000-page War and Peace in a little over two weeks, almost entirely while stoned. Despite the so-called “short-term memory loss,” I didn’t have a lick of trouble distinguishing among the 400 Russian characters.
I was also quite stoned when I took the Cisco CCNA Exam, yet I scored a 972 out of 1000.
I’m not saying any of this to boost my ego, but rather to make a point. Marijuana isn’t nearly as bad as people make it out to be! Sure there are some stoners who sit on the couch all day and night and do nothing, but there are plenty of sober people who suffer from the same affliction. It could reasonably be speculated that lazy people are more inclined to use marijuana because the relaxation it provides suits their lifestyles. This fact certainly doesn’t mean that all potheads lazy. Even the master, Cecil himself, has offered up this viewpoint.
As for the “sense of happiness that exists only within their minds, and shuts them off to the real world” comment, I have this to say:
Pot does not always make me feel happy. I’m not looking for some drug to put me in a constant state of euphoria. If I was, I’d probably be hooked on heroin, cocaine, meth, or some other nasty drug that I’ve never tried and never will.
Pot doesn’t block out all the bad feelings like alcohol or crack would, but rather lets me back up from some of the emotional entaglements and reflect on my problems in different ways. To see the forest for the trees, if you will.
It also seems to put people more in touch with their creative sides. Paul McCartney once said that Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band would have never happened without pot.
As to the OP, Pulling the Strings, the default search criteria is set to only look for posts from today and yesterday. Change it to any date. Search only in the forum Great Debates, and search only in the topic, not the whole post. It’s quicker and less of a strain on the boards if you do it that way. Plug in a word like “marijuana,” “legalization,” or “decriminalization,” and you should get plenty of results.
Now, if you kind folks will excuse me, I’ve got a pipe full of some more, uh, tobacco to smoke.