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Old 09-21-2018, 06:50 AM   #1
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Cultural Suicide?

There is a developing drug epidemic in the United States. Jalal et al. analyzed nearly 600,000 unintentional drug overdoses over a 38-year period. Although the overall mortality rate closely followed an exponential growth curve, the pattern itself is a composite of several underlying subepidemics of different drugs. Geographic hotspots have developed over time, as well as drug-specific demographic differences.

Are we broken? Maybe this is just a bio-trigger controlling population growth like our little monkey wars?
If you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be so much easier for you.
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Old 09-21-2018, 10:13 AM   #2
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It's all about the Johann Hari Ted talk, pointed to by Clod here (I hope this is the one I'm thinking of):

Give rats in standard lab cages morphine, and they take right to it. But put the rats in a beautiful "rat park", with other rats to be social with, and lots of space to explore, and wheels and things; and they reject the morphine.

Without meaning, without fulfilment, we are just rats in a cage.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:51 AM   #3
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rats only go for the "drug lever" when they have *nothing else* in their life
There's a level of facility that everyone needs to accomplish, and from there
it's a matter of deciding for yourself how important ultra-facility is to your
expression. ... I found, like Joseph Campbell said, if you just follow whatever
gives you a little joy or excitement or awe, then you're on the right track.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Bozzio
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:51 AM   #4
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Not wanting to go there so much as to get away from here.
Everything is interesting... look closer.
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