How to End the Opioid Crises: Why people desire to do “drugs” and pursue “intoxication”

Everyone seems so concerned suddenly about the opioid crises that has been destroying American civilization for many years now—because the effects of such a society are just now becoming irreversibly evident. To date the best explanation, I have ran across understanding this crises came from Ayn Rand in her 1970 essay called “The Comprachicos.” Of course now that was 50 years ago so the damage is much worse than it was then, but it does go a long way into explaining how evident even in the early stages the devastating effects of opioid abuse truly was. One particular paragraph in that essay I think says it all, “drugs are not an escape from economic or political problems, they are not an escape from society, but from oneself. They are an escape from the unendurable state of a living being whose consciousness has been crippled, deformed, mutilated, but not eliminated, so that its mangled remnants are screaming that he cannot go on without it.” To my experience this is 100% true and should be the main thing taught in all institutions of learning.

You have to peel back the layers of life quite a lot to get to the notion that ruling humans desire to become Comprachicos over all others, and they have every intention of starting the process as early in childhood as possible. If you speak diligently to the busy soccer mom and school levy activists with a van full of kids at a Burger King on a Saturday afternoon after the morning games you would think by her conviction that everything she is doing is for her kids and their friends. She truly believes that she is sacrificing all her time and energy into doing what’s best for her children. That same type of person will work very hard with her husband of the moment to put away tens of thousands of hard-earned dollars to help pay for their children’s college tuition—so that their kids can have a shot at a good life. Most people, especially parents believe in these basic foundations of child raising, so they have no understanding of considering that the original intent of all of it was to cripple those young minds from the outset so that they would grow up and become adults living under the whims of a select number of rulers.

Yet if you have the right kind of mind—one that has learned to think from birth until a well-balanced adulthood, you can clearly see that the intention of public education, and the college experience from the outset was to cripple the minds of children instead of filling them with knowledge and the desire to think. A mind’s ability to process information is what makes the human being different from all other life in the universe, as best we can tell. Even when we do discover some form of bacteria on some moon in our Solar System that form of life is nothing compared to a thinking human being. A human being’s ability to think is quite extraordinary and I have no faith that A.I. will overcome the human brain’s complexities. Calculating information is one thing, conceptualizing it is quite another and that is what humans do best. Every living human being desires to think—it is evident as infants. The pain for most people is that the older they get, and the further away they get from those pure moments of youth where they were able to think without artificial restrictions placed upon their conceptual thinking, the unhappier they become. To anybody still left with the ability to think it is quite obvious that the purpose of all education as it has been developed in first world countries is to cripple the minds of young people into existing within the barriers placed there institutionally. A mind is crippled into thinking within the box of conceptual thought, not outside of it as humans were always designed to do.

The older a child becomes, and the more adult they strive to be, the more they must seek to numb themselves from the dueling realities at war in their minds. Inside their biological bodies is a mind that wants to think but functioning in the world that the body finds that the rules of existence require the mind to be numb to endure the stagnation of thought that confronts it. Sadly, kids with each year of their life gradually give up on their thoughts and fall back on the basic memorization of society’s rules of conduct to operate, and this pressure squeezes them until there is nothing left. By the time the kids hit the college years and go through their various initiations into adulthood, mostly involving alcohol and “partying” the minds of such people are lost usually for the rest of their lives—and the education system then can claim success in their original objective. Such people pick their political party affiliation—which those in charge rule covertly behind the curtain so that the illusion of “democracy” can be maintained—people believe they are contributing factors in the process of their lives. They pick their occupation which is often controlled by the same forces as their chosen politics. They pick their sexual mates—who are often molded to be gate keepers to this hidden world of compliance—to ensure that as people buy their homes, their cars, and mow their lawns, that the illusion of self-expression stays within the confines of social acceptability—molded by the same sexual mates which deliver a new crop of brainless youth to the next generation.

Yet deep down inside is that will to think which was there at birth, and the now grown adult must shut down those thoughts with drunkenness, and other forms of intoxication. If they can manage to convince their doctor to give them some “meds” for their achy back, or their stiff knee, or their kid who has a “hyperactive” disorder, they’ll take those drugs in a second and they’ll numb their brains on a Saturday afternoon blindly watching a college football game without a thought in the world except what is required to make a living so they can make their house and car payments.

Before we can do anything about the opioid crises, we must tackle the cause of it. Attacking the supply side isn’t enough because the desire is still there to shut down the mind so that it’s thinking isn’t in conflict with the rules of society. People desire to be thinking creatures—biologically, but our method of human development currently requires us to turn off our thoughts and to conform to a static system of rules where we endeavor to send our kids to pre-school, enroll them into sports running around all weekend to satisfy those requirements, and to send them off to college without considering that all those elements are meant to destroy the minds of our children instead of fulfilling them. That same levy fighting soccer mom can only find relief when she can get her lips on a glass of wine or some other intoxicant, and she craves it like a person in the desert dying of thirst craves water—for much the same reason. Her husband does the same with his beer and his mixed drinks. At another time in their lives or even occasionally with friends they might smoke a little pot to take the edge off. And what are their kids to think of their defeated parents? They can do only what they are taught, so they follow in their footsteps and before we can all blink, all these people are abusing every drug legal and illegal that was ever created to turn off their minds so that they can live without the conflict of their true desires at war with the socially imposed rules of conduct.

To solve the opioid crises, we must reinvent ourselves as human beings, and that is no small task. But it’s the only one that will do the job. The true problem with drug abuse is that the intellect of the human mind is not conducive to the institutional parameters of historical thinking. All human institutions were formed from previous notions of science and religion—and they are obviously not relevant in a healthy way to modern life. So our minds are locked in conflict and the best answer our social norms have come up with is to bend our minds to institutional thinking rather than what our vast imaginations are informing us is the real needs of the human race. And that is where we must focus.

Rich Hoffman
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