Monday, October 17, 2005

Heard a commercial today about marijuana. I caught it only briefly, but the gist of it was that ‘you shouldn't be a hypocrite, that you should teach your kids that marijuana is bad.'

It appears to me that anything the government or society has deemed as 'bad' needs to be demonized or made inherently ‘bad’ through the use of propaganda. Now this commercial didn't demonize it thoroughly, but it is propaganda nonetheless.

Marijuana is probably not inherently bad. To my knowledge, most studies have shown that it does not impair long-term memory in adults and many other studies have been inconclusive in ‘adolescent’ rats. The medicinal properties have some fundamental scientific basis that has yet to be completely explained, but, anecdotal evidence abounds. Melissa Etheridge is the most recent person to go vocal about how it helped her during chemotherapy. She also stated that every doctor she spoke to advised her that it was the best drug to handle chemotherapy’s side effects.

Having said this, it probably is ‘bad’ for children since THC seems to have an effect on the formation of short-term to long-term memory. Well, I guess ‘bad’ would only apply if you didn’t want something interfering with your children’s ability to form long-term memories. I’m guessing that applies to most parents.

Why is it that many people feel the need to find certain things inherently evil without taking a thorough look at what they’re condemning? Is the use of propaganda appropriate? It seems as if propaganda is used by adults with their own children at times, but is it really necessary with adults?

Is it in our nature to find ‘evil’ in the world so we can shirk our responsibility and blame something or someone else?

Maybe this is the reason that religion finds such a stronghold in society. If we can find activities and various nouns to demonize, our view of ourselves as good and moral remains intact. It is only the evil things that corrupt our moral selves.

These questions are not meant to be rhetorical. I would really like to hear some opinions.

I’ll start posting more frequently. I promise. I will now post at least every other day.

5 comments:

Sara said...

I have no answers for you, but reading this brought another thought to my head regarding religion and the reason that it seems to be so "popular" - at least down here in the south.

Maybe the reason why the hard-core religious take such comfort in their religion is because through it, they can place the blame for their bad actions on something else. You know, our society these days seems to be unable to take responsibility for anything and the real bible-thumping religious people - I think - help to fuel that notion by allowing people to place the blame for their actions on the phrase, "the devil made me do it". Then all they have to do is ask for forgiveness and all is well. Who wouldn't want to be part of a group of people who can get away with anything by just saying, "oops - sorry about that"??

Anyway, this doesn't have much to do with your post, but just thought I would share.

Scott said...

Actually, it did have a lot to do with the post. And, I thought that I had kind of said that.
'If we can find activities and various nouns to demonize, our view of ourselves as good and moral remains intact. It is only the evil things that corrupt our moral selves.'

I'm going to need to change the way I word things, I guess.

raenelle said...

I'm think it's in our nature to find 'evil' in the world to build us up, to feel righteous and empowered, not just to place blame or shirk responsiblity. Being the selfish creatures that we are, to say 'you are wrong to do that-it's bad. I'm better because I believe this' can boast one's ego and selfworth. Which is kinda funny cause Christianity promotes selflessness and humility.

Why wouldn't propaganda be appropriate? Isn't it our right of free speech to promote the things we belive in?

raenelle said...

oops, where's the spell check? It's believe not belive!

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