Thanks for ignoring my arguement. Just take the time to think about it a bit.
Also you have no idea what I have and haven't done in my life. There's no need to judge people like that.
Well why don't you tell me about your experiences then? I would be interested to hear about them. I never judged you or claimed to know what has happened to you in your life. I said that based on the ignorant tone of your arguments it sounds
to me like you haven't tried marijuana before, and if
that was true then I wouldn't respect you as much as I might have. By using the word "if" I was giving you a chance to explain your drug-related experiences without making a prior judgment. I've never met anyone who has smoked cannabis and taken such a hostile stance against it, which is why I said that in the first place. But maybe I just haven't talked to enough people. So please, tell me about your experiences. I actually do want to hear about them.
It's actually not exactly like trying an exotic dish or listening to a different kind of music. This part, "You are gaining new experiences and new perspectives" is false. You are actually imparing your senses, not using or heightening them. It seems foolish to argue that turning off parts of your brain is the same as using them.
Can you provide a citation for that? I honestly don't understand how you can think this statement is true. When you drink a cup of coffee, do you become blind? As far as I know (I am not a scientist) drugs are just chemicals that affect your brain in different ways, causing synapses to fire under different conditions, or perhaps providing a conductive liquid, effectively reconfiguring your neural pathways. In some cases this could definitely lead to impaired senses, by blocking off areas of the brain. But in other cases, like with hallucinogens for example, they might cause certain impulses to be redirected to the part of your brain that controls sight, causing you to see weird things because of the non-formatted information being sent there. Kind of like renaming a text file as a .jpeg and then opening it in photoshop. Again, I am not a scientist so I'm just talking based on the relatively small amount of research I've done. So please enlighten me if you have information that proves otherwise.
The first problem with your claim is that it puts every single drug under a single umbrella. Do you understand that not all drugs are the exact same? The second problem is that, like I described above, all drugs do not simply "turn off" parts of your brain. By allowing information to be sent to different areas of the brain, you are creating new experiences. That's what happens when you travel to a new place - you are allowing light information to enter your brain via your eyes, in a pattern you've never seen before. A hallucinogen would cause random information to enter the sight part of your brain, via some other part of your brain or body rather than your eyes, in a pattern you've never seen before.
So basically your claim is both logically, and chemically (as far as I know) incorrect.
Also, the argument that we are already on drugs is true, which is exactly why most people choose not to alter the already barely functioning set of drugs in the brain for fun trip.[/i].That's the entire fucking point.
And I'm not saying that in an angry way, I'm just trying emphasize it. When we take certain drugs, like marijuana, mushrooms, or DMT for example, it can show us how fragile our consciousness really is, by fucking it up severely
for a short amount of time, and in that process providing you a new perspective on life, in a similar (but more powerful) way that meditating or travelling to a new place would. And you're exactly right - that is
why most people don't do it. Most people are scared of the unknown, scared to face their own insecurities, scared of moving out of their comfort zone. And this leads back to my point - if someone has never done anything but live quietly inside their own comfort zone, why should I take note of them, or have a lot of respect for them? I'm not asking anyone to do drugs. I'm simply stating that I respect people who challenge themselves and take risks in that way, the same way I respect MMA fighters, base-jumpers, surgeons, soldiers, firefighters, or even artists. Why should I respect someone who has never taken a risk?
Substances need to be rigoriously test to have no adverse affects before people try them. Such is the biochemical study called medicine.
If you are referring to cannabis, a simple google search will link to numerous sources, both legitimate and not, which will inform you that no one has died from smoking it, ever. And people have been smoking it since before recorded history - is that not rigorous enough testing for you?
And if you are referring to other drugs as well - then yes I wholeheartedly agree with you. That's why I stated in an earlier post that I always research any substance I plan to ingest.
I was ignoring your argument because I was trying not to get into an actual argument, but I guess we're there now. But I've addressed your (largely ignorant, flawed, and poorly thought through) points now, so if you want to continue, please address mine. And if you haven't bothered to read through my previous posts, I'll reiterate: I'm not asking, advising, or telling anyone to take drugs. I am simply stating my viewpoint on why I respect people who try to improve themselves by seeking out new experiences and taking risks.
Oh god, I've become Paul Eres.