What’s the next zeitgeist addiction?

The only offensive things left on planes are garlic breath, babies not on Benadryl, and flight attendants.

I miss smoking.
Sure smoking was unsanitary and unhealthy, it was also the zeitgeist of an era. Living for pleasure. Pleasure being addiction. And no one caring.

Not so coincidentally, anyone who has been to Zeitgest, a bar in SF, have likely seen all the above. Bad stuff can be really fun.

So what’s next?
While math is not a strong suit, physics are incomprehensible to me. I do know, however, through dating and a multitude of abuses for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.

Make people stop drinking at 2 am, binge drinking happens @ 1.30 right before everyone jumps in their cars. Continually overreact to your three year old, who just learned the word FUCK at preschool, you will likely never get them to stop saying it. The other option, ignore it, don’t react, and eventually–typically one week–it goes away.

Tell kids they can’t drink and they become alcoholics at higher rate of kids in countries where alcohol consumption isn’t an issue, regardless of age. Legalize drugs and watch crime rates drop. Criminalize drugs, give them three strikes as they do in California for even non-violent crimes, and watch the prisons fill beyond capacity without a reduction in non-violent crimes.

Why ‘Just Saying No’ Doesn’t Work

This is a partial expert is from an awesome site called Schaffer Library of Drug Policy. It helps explain the issue, and the power or harm reduction.

Over the past few decades numerous approaches have been tried to detour drug use. The reality is it’s fun and not as bad as authorities say. Early methods emphasized information provision and scare tactics. In the 1980’s America embraced “Just Say No” campaigns. The success of any of these approaches has been questionable at best.

I as many, feel that a major limiting factor of these approaches has been a faulty assumption — namely, that all drug use is unhealthy and therefore that the goal of drug education should be the elimination of all drug consumption.

A harm reduction approach could offer a greater chance of mitigating the negative consequences of drug abuse in the future, because it considers the realistic dynamics of human drug consumption in our past.

Harm Reduction, Sign Me UP!
So while I don’t know what’s going to happen as a result of banning smoking all over the world—including France for god sakes–I’m looking forward a new bad habit and some form of harm reduction so I can enjoy it even longer.

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