So our Mission Statement: To create an amazing mindset in people to change improper thinking, the real cause of self-harm behaviors. We want to embolden self-respect by empowering self awe. We do this with proven education systems and public marketing messages to facilitate a healthier evolution for us all.
Healthier Evolution? Kinda dramatic... or is it?
So let's look specific at the United States, and think about prohibition.
Sometimes I forget the simple things, like the fact that nobody knows what the hell you are talking about. Guilty. I have been working on this for over seven years, so to me it's 100% normal and makes complete sense. I have to step back often and catch myself and remind my brain that this is different, a self-described "Changing Thinking" and a fundamental shift to a lot pf patterns. That will take time, and this is a good place to start.
One of my favorite books as a young person was Jonathan Livingston Seagull. For some reason, it resonated with me. Foreshadowing? I understood at some level it was a book of metaphors, rising beyond the struggles, but I was unable to understand it completely at that time.
Decades later, I hit my own liquid wall... and like the bird, near death, I had to Fly or Die. Also like the bird, that first step towards the light, and enlightenment was an awakening, a start of a new journey. There was so much more to learn, and so much to unlearn. So many norms that had been drilled into my brain, that I had to undo.
Similar influence came in the form of a little green guy. The Yoda character created by George Lucas in general terms was grounded in Buddhist teachings and now we understand quantum physics better, also grounded in good science.
"Luminous Brings we are" said Yoda. Yes, fundamentally we are all blobs of three simple Particles (Protons, Neutrons and Electrons), assembled in various ways. Had I paid more attention in Chemistry to that Periodic Table of Elements... I would have known this. I will blame young male ego and raging hormones.
So prior to Covid, we were a nation where one in ten working age adults died from problems related to alcohol, most self-inflicted. The other harms emotionally and physically and financially were and are staggering. Pre-pandemic we had it great, we were pretty self-indulgent, selfish, engaging in excess electronics and hyper brain stimulation and medicating with the the cancerous alcohol neurotoxin to compensate. Mild self-harm, distributed pain, and we partied like modern day Romans.
OK, you'd have to be over 50 years old, but just a few decades ago, the relationship between women and alcohol was very different. Women did drink, but it was more of a subdued, closet, or not brash sort of drinking. Social wine was OK, but just not as boisterous and "Mommy's Time Out Wine" was not on the radar... not at all.
A "drug" is defined as "a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body." That's it. Drugs by definition are not good or bad, and illegal or legal is completely subjective based on societal norms.
Societies typically make 'illegal' certain drugs that provide little benefit, but a lat of harm to self and others, physically, financially and emotionally. It's simply a practical thing, sort of. Make it 'illegal' to slow people down from needing these harmful drugs. Make the drug use "criminal illegal" to get users out of society.
OK - it's the first of the year, and resolute decisions and promises to action are being made, and some already broken.
As the founder of Sober World, I've 'quit' drinking, 'for a while', many times over the decades of "Drinking Responsibly". Never did I really made the mental plunge towards committing to be fully free from the drug. The 'for a while' was my mental escape pod, I knew if the brain pain got too bad, there was an easy way to escape. I used this system for decades, until it stopped working, very badly. I had to find a better and a more coherent way.
First - this is an article by the "Spirits Business". By nature, their desire is to create a sustainable market, and not have people dying from their product - at least not so fast. Better Business and shareholder value. Killling your customer, last we looked is bad for sales.