Opioid Crisis A Crisis of Compassion (i.e. funding)? Um, Nope.
Before we get started, I'd like to offer you a link to a post by my amazing friend, Janet. She writes a beautiful blog and recently posted about our constant exposure to chemicals and several ways to detox our homes. She opens by accurately correlating the explosion in cancer and other illnesses to the onslaught of chemical use/exposure, followed by the shocking treatment of wheat harvests in America. She writes,
"Common wheat harvest protocol in the United States is to drench the wheat fields with Roundup several days before the combine harvesters work through the fields as the practice allows for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest."
Janet's blog is called, The Gardener's Cottage, loved and followed by many, and the specific post about chemicals is: Detoxing my home.
So we should now be subsidized simply for being human?
If you want to have a conversation about social/cultural issues that may contribute to drug abuse, we can do that, but lack of funding has nothing to do with it. Those who believe we need more laws and government and money have taken the bait. There is no stopping drug use, and instead of trying to rob people who have already suffered a hefty shearing at the hands of their own addicted children, all we can do is try to heal culturally by healing individually, by restoring the sanctity of the family and thus instilling in our kids some direction, some morals and some backbone.
Someone sent me this article recently about the "opioid crisis." The media is clever when it comes to manipulating people, but we don't mince words here, so let's first uncover the term 'compassion' in this headline to be nothing more than a euphemism for more funding, more government programs, more heroin shoot-up sites, more free methadone, more free stuff. The truth? None of that will even begin to touch the problem. 100% useless.
If we really want to have compassion on addicts, perhaps we should stop robbing them of the solution. Perhaps we should stop taking the teeth out of recovery in the already existing programs. Perhaps we should suggest that programs teach addicts the truth - that drugs and alcohol are merely a sideshow, that they must fundamentally change from deep within and adopt an entirely new set of principles and often a whole new life purpose. Perhaps we should stop robbing addicts of the spiritual solution. Perhaps we should stop medicating addicts, as, after all, that is the problem to being with.
Compassion is not money, government, lobbying and self-seeking. Compassion is strength and humility. What good is more funding if the programs are impotent and the addicts remain internally destitute? Teach them to have compassion on themselves by walking through fear, by vigorously pursuing health, strength, success, responsibility and hard work so we may learn to have compassion on others. It is addicts who need to learn compassion on others, not others who need to learn compassion on addicts.
Addicts make themselves addict. The disease is not something you just wake up with one day. That is a destructive and dangerous attitude. It is also wrong. If you want to call it a disease, fine, but it is a disease that we gave to ourselves. We mutated ourselves 'into' addicts and 'out of' compassion. What a ridiculous and clueless assumption that it is a lack of tax dollars and federal laws that is causing the opioid crisis, especially when you consider that most "opiate" users, such as prescription drugs like OxyContin are middle, upper-middle and affluent rich kids, otherwise known as snobs. Funding is not the problem. The problem is most certainly personal.
Only so far as we have become an indifferent, apathetic and Godless culture (that has lost respect for the institution of family) is this true, but the lack of compassion on the opiate user himself has 0% to do with why they use. Conversely, compassion will do absolutely nothing to stop an addict from using, nor will it push him or her to get better. Addicts use and recover from within. Nothing external matters. Nothing. Rich or poor, love or abuse, compassion or no compassion. Irrelevant.
If you want to have a conversation about social issues that may contribute to drug abuse, we can do that, but more laws and funding have nothing to do with it. Those who believe that have taken the bait. As far as the larger problem of cultural and economic decay, well, take your pick as to why people might want to use drugs. For one, moral relativity, the degenerate idea that there is no such thing right and wrong (or rather, if it's right for me than it's right) combined with the "I deserve to never suffer" attitude, is causing addicts to have no moral compass. If we believe using drugs is no big deal, it becomes much easier to start using. Nobody tells us anymore the hell we inflict on those who love us. Our spiritual illness is entirely absent today in the coddled nanny state of America where everybody is a victim and nothing is your fault.
So go ahead, take your pick:
Lack of purpose. Lack of meaning. Lack of direction. Apathy. Indifference. Entitlement. Dependency. Moral relativity. The nanny state. The welfare state. The 'Every Kid Gets a Trophy' mentality. Lack of personal responsibility. Progressive secularism. Failure to grow up, move out of mom & dad's house and get a job. Culture in decline - Jersey Shore, Kardashians, Teen Mom, etc. Self-indulgence, deviance and pornography in film, television and music. Coddled youth. Skill-less youth. Despondent youth due to terminal economy and student debt atrocity (guess which administration is responsible for facilitating the student loan debacle?) Offended America. The Police State. Growing lack of personal freedom, economic freedom and free speech...
... or how about the war on family as no longer sacred, empowering and valuable. The war on God. The decline in standard of living due to the hollowing out of America. The annihilation of the middle class due to socialism. Micro-aggressions and the victim mentality. The dumbing down of American education. The absence of financial IQ in all middle schools, high schools, colleges and even graduate schools. Kids today are taught to fall in line, to be mediocre civil servants, to not take risks, start businesses or be successful. Kids today are taught that success and wealth are evil. This is particularly destructive to the human spirit. Anyway, take your pick. The list goes on and on...
Trust me, the addict mentality - that nobody quite suffers the way we do, that we should never have to feel pain or discomfort, that everything should be laid our for us, that nothing's fair and that others are responsible to make sure we feel safe and cozy, to make sure we have a job and a wage we are happy with, to make sure we have access to everything we need, all the time. Sorry folks, but that is LALA LAND. So we should now be subsidized simply for being human? Haven't enough parents already been wiped out by their own addicted children on program after program, and oh yeah, they relapsed again?
So the addict mentality is really just a microcosm of the cultural mentality we see infecting our society and our country today. This combined with the economic decline and the total lack of confidence in government is going to soon unravel us and lead to a tremendous breakdown. My advice would be to stop drinking whatever Kool-aid one might be drinking and try to accumulate some financial IQ and some actual skill sets... and perhaps adopt a less collectivist and more risk-taking frame of mind. Trust me, I say this for our own sake and for that of future generations. I have children now, whom I adore, so I really don't give a shit about ruffling some feathers. The truth and pulling back from the brink of the dark ages 2.0 is far more important.