I’m too much of a self-control freak ever to have been attracted to recreational drugs (or even alcohol, for that matter). Add to that the fact that my first childhood memories involve the Haight-Ashbury after the Summer of Love fell apart, when the neighborhood had turned into one giant, drug-ridden tenderloin district, and you’ll appreciate that I have little patience for drug use. I’m especially hostile to marijuana, because its users commit the ultimate sin — they become boring. Indeed, I remember one of our family friends, who had been a total hippie in the 60s and 70s who turned her back on the whole scene precisely because that fact — marijuana’s profound boringness — was shoved in her face.
It seems that, one day, she and a friend got seriously stoned and started having a very important and meaningful conversation about world peace and other exciting subjects. So profound were their insights that they determined to preserve them for posterity. To that end, they dug out her tape recorder, hit the record button, and let themselves talk. The next day, play-back revealed what really happened: “Man . . . that is so, like, deep, you know? ‘Cause, like, if you do that, everybody would have a giant love fest, you know? Yeah. . . . Awesome. . . . Totally . . . awesome.” After realizing that she had recorded over an hour of this mindless crap, she swore off pot forever.
I thought of my friend’s long ago experience when I read Leigh Scott’s brilliant insight about the Left: They’re all stoned. As Scott explains:
Stoners always think that they are smarter than they really are. Copious amounts of THC trick the brain into thinking that the most banal thought is somehow a stroke of genius. Just watch a bunch of stoners debate philosophy and metaphysics. The most ridiculous comments take on the gravitas of a Stephen Hawking thesis. Morons think that they are Michio Kaku after a towering bong hit.
Stoners live for the moment. They are all about feelings, not facts. They possess a detached sense of cause and effect.
That rather perfectly sums up both the stoner and the liberal world view. You should definitely read the whole thing.