posted on Oct, 17 2005 @ 10:36 AM
My experience is very dated. In the early 90s, during one of the phases which I went through, I worked as a volunteer legal advisor with one of the
Citizen's Advice Bureau in inner London.
During my tenure there, I saw an overwhelming number of ethnic families, requesting financial assistance. However, upon closer interview, I discovered
that most times, they were already staying in Council flats and having financial assistance. In some extreme cases, their idea of living in poverty
arose because their video players (no dvds or vcds then) were taken back by the Hire Purchase company. They had an idea that coming to London/England
would give them a better life and opportunity than their home countries.
In a sense, they were right. However, in a broader sense, they fuelled their own discontent when they compared themselves with others and their own
dreams when making the decision to exercise their rights to enter and live in Britain under one of the many schemes available then.
I guess, what I am trying to say is that dealing in drugs for fast cash is a choice. It is not a necessary by-product of being poor. Poor is an
excuse. For quite a few, poor is a state of mind. For some, obviously poor is very real, where they cannot even put food on a cardboard box which acts
as a table. But even cold murder can be logically justified if you wish to. Blame it on society, blame it on the government, hell, blame it on the
weather. Blame it on everything and everyone that kids choose to start being dope dealers.
Over the years, having spent time in Eastern Europe, Indo-China and China proper, it has invariably been the case that where a business is extremely
lucrative but "shady", the involvment of the mafia is a given. The more lucrative it is, the more violent it becomes. Turf wars (physical battles),
turf wars (marketing wars where drugs are brought to school for sale and creation of customer base), turf wars there margins become the name of the
game and lives are irrelevant.
Sure, we can choose to legalise drugs. However, I know of no country which leglises dope for the minors. Hell, let's move on to prostitution. Taking
the "legalisation" argument to it's logical conclusion, then why not legalise prostitution and child prostitution at that. It's easy money. We
have no choice because our governments and society gives us no choice. It is a cop out position to take. There is no God given right to be rich and
powerful. It really depends on what we wish to choose to do to try to get there.
Therein lies the education aspect. Education is not the ends. it is but a means to an end. We try to give our kids an education so that they can have
the opportunity to choose the path they take. As parents, we need to steadfastly maintain patience and try our best to keep them on this track, until
they are sufficiently well informed of all the pros and cons of their choices in life.
I have a cousin. He is a vegetable now. Ice fried his brains. He picked up the habit in high school in New Jersey. one day, while high and flying, he
took out a gun and shot out some windows in the school. When asked why, he blamed his parents, the schools, his friends, his fate etc.. He never once
accepted that it was the drugs. Well, he is a vegetable now, starting on ice since he was 13 yrs old. Although highly inconsistent with my day job, I
certainly would like to literally fry the dealer and his bosses.
In my day job, I notice that the dealers and their bosses never let their own children get involved with the trade or even near the stuff. They know
So please, let's not be blase about it and blame everyone and everything and push for legalisation. We are talking about kids.