Thanks for that link, Alison. I couldn't help but notice how 'comic' the
list of events almost was, I mean, that Heroin was originally marketed by
Bayer as 'non-addictive' (!)
I think it is very much a matter of looking at the poisons in one's world
and thinking out which are the worst, a matter which moral attitudinising
forgets. I would love a life free of addictions, but the variability and
stress of just being human seems to demand resort in one way or another. I'm
sure there's a side to poetry that is psychologically akin to physical
addiction, my own bad habits are all legal too, but I guess I could say I
have a love-hate relationship with them.
A Chide's Alphabet
Painting Without Numbers
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alison Croggon" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Saturday, December 29, 2001 10:11 PM
Subject: Re: one more with feeling - Life is a drug....
> Human beings seem to have an urge for intoxication, it exists in
> every known society. I can hardly adopt a moral attitude on drugs,
> being addicted to a couple of legal ones, and do I resent moral
> attitudinising from people whose energy would be better spent, say,
> campaigning against toxic waste dumps in their own suburbs. I know
> my drugs are bad for me. But there are many things in this world
> that are far worse.
> This seems timely, anyway...