posted on Aug, 14 2010 @ 09:34 PM
I regret to inform you, but I think that this sort of thing is itself the direct product of what has been our society's attempt to eradicate,
demonize, and criminalise the use of alcohol and drugs (this part of my statement will shock people, but please, read on and I shall explain) by our
youth since drinking first became a real issue of taboo after it the national minimum-drinking age was raised to 21 in 1984.
I will first discuss the issue as regards drugs. I believe wholeheartedly that society is responsible in dissuading the use of drugs which are
intrinsically harmful to those who use them; people will cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war and say 'the gov't has no right to regulate what I
do with my body', but I think most people would agree that we should not legalise the use or possession of crystal meth in the interests of a more
What I do think should be discussed however is the fact that drugs in general, and in particular marijuana, are demonized to such an absurd extent
that most youth are left with no actual or real education about drugs and then go on to experiment by themselves. If we told the truth about
marijuana, we wouldn't be convicting 850,000 people a year of criminal offenses which are so minor in their net effect on society that I honestly
believe the moniker 'criminal' is a wanton overstepping of government's bounds. We do not bother educating children and youth with the facts on
drugs; we decide instead that it is better to tell them that if you even look at drugs, your genitals will fall off and you will die in some alley,
fellating an old man to pay for your habit. Although that is invariably true in some cases (the latter part, anyways), realistically this is just not
the case with most drug use, notably marijuana use. We should inform our kids of the facts about drugs. Perhaps then they would understand why it is
improper and dangerous to use them, rather than tell them a pack of lies which then lead them to experiment to discover the truth about drugs.
Furthermore then, we get on to the issue of alcohol consumption and the culture surrounding it in this country. Perhaps if we allowed our children
even the tiniest sliver of responsibility and trust and educated them about the use of alcohol and other substances to alter their consciousness,
perhaps introducing a few sips of wine here and there at the table at the ages of 15 upwards (as we do in Europe), the youth's innate desire to
revolt against authority might be quelled somewhat. These kids are playing this absolutely stupid game to get 'high's because we as a society have
completely castrated our youth of any trust or responsibility whatsoever and have forced them to live in a false world where those under the age of 21
are considered to be such an enormous danger to themselves that we cannot allow them to do anything which is intrinsically fun, albeit mildly risky,
These kids are doing this because they are extremely bored living in a society which has denied them any opportunity to have normal fun and grow up
educated about the dangers of risky behavior. Instead we have decided to excise them from such risky behavior (such as mild alcohol consumption)
altogether, whilst all along those over the age of 21 continue to partake in such frivolities right in front of their very eyes. Who can blame them
for wanting to see if the grass is greener on the other side? We have denied them a view of the other side for so very long that it is only natural
they will become curious.
Although this tragic event will undoubtedly only lead to more parental oversight, perhaps it might be worthwhile to just, for one solitary moment,
think about how things could be different if we raised our children and instilled in them a slightly greater sense of trust and responsibility.
Perhaps if we did, such desire to act out and do crazy things to rebel against their parents might be sated and tragedies like this could be