Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Admit it: You like to get high

We all like to get high. Roller coasters, skiing, dancing, gambling, sex, alcohol, and illicit drugs all get us high. And, I doubt that there is a person in the world who doesn't get high one way or another every now and then.

Even as a child, you got high. With your arms out straight, you would spin around and around, faster and faster, until you collapsed onto the ground, giggling joyfully with the dizziness and lightheaded feeling. Your uncle would pick you up by your legs and spin you about. After you recovered, you would beg for more. During recess at school, you would play on the merry-go-round, hanging on for dear life as the older kids spun it faster and faster.

You loved it, and you were getting high.

The desire to get high has always been part of being human. Archeologists, historians and scientists agree that agriculture started about 10,000 years ago in Mesopotamia with the planting of grain. What they can't agree on is whether that grain was first harvested for making bread or beer. Regardless which came first, alcohol has always been well loved. Up until this century, it was common practice for people to drink during lunch before going back to work.

Thrill seekers can get high without ingesting anything. Surfing, sky-diving and mountain climbing all produce an adrenaline rush. It's the same as getting high.

Some get high by going to church and worshiping false gods.

Some eat chocolate.

Some like to get high by smoking marijuana. Some snort coke. Some shoot heroin. Yet, they are condemned by society as sick and immoral. Perhaps some are sick. Heroin is a dangerous drug; it can easily lead to addiction or death. The health problems associated with abusing drugs are well documented. As are the problems with eating too much chocolate. Chocolate is dangerous, but people do not view it as immoral.

We all like to get high, and we should let people get high anyway they please. Skiing, chocolate, marijuana and spinning around in circles are all legitimate ways to get high. You have your way, I have mine.

I smoke pot to get high. I make no apologies.

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