The fact is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry us through our lives so we don’t have to stop and think about it every time we wipe our ass or start a car.
The problem is if we dont know our habits and routines and how to react, then i dont get the feeling i get when i do a good deed or go out with a nice girl and get a really nice guy or something.
For many, including myself, not knowing our habits and routines can be a challenge. Most of the time, we have a few “secret” behaviors that we are so comfortable with that we don’t think to question our actions. This is understandable. To be honest, I get a lot of nervous energy when I know I’m doing something right. I’m more likely to do it again.
But we can’t get a lot of the way things go for us until we get out of our comfort zones. Otherwise we are just like the people who just had a stroke, who just had a heart attack, who just had a stroke at the same time as us. The only way to truly explore our behaviors and routines is to not do them at all. I’m not talking about smoking weed, drinking, or the odd sex.
The good news for all of you who know someone who took a psychoactive drug for an extended period: you’re not alone (if you have a friend who took it, I’m sure we can help you work it out). Most of the time, drugs take a toll on our nervous systems. It’s because they’re so addictive they cause us to take on a certain personality. But in the case of psychoactive drugs, our brains are in a constant state of overload.
So if you’re like me, you get on drugs so you can get off them. In this case, the dosage. And so my friend, I take the drug. Its like I just woke up from some sort of drug induced coma. I get up and it feels like my head has just exploded. I go to the bathroom and I feel like I have a million tubes and wires everywhere. Because I’m in this kind of drug induced coma, my ability to think is severely impaired.
And with my memory and reasoning powers, I can’t figure out how I got here. I can’t read a map, and I can’t even figure out how to get out of the bathroom. Because my brain is so overwhelmed with different ideas and the constant flood of new and constantly changing data, any given thing is impossible to understand without massive amounts of cognitive dissonance.
And the discomfort and distress that accompanies the use of a drug like LSD is just the latest example of what people mean when they say they have a “dysfunctional society.” In fact, I’m surprised that no-one has figured out that our society is in fact the Dysfunctional Society. We are a society in which people are unable to function without the constant availability of various kinds of mind-altering drugs.
It’s not that people are “unable to function without the constant availability of various kinds of mind-altering drugs.” It’s that we’re unable to function without those drugs. And the fact that we can’t function with the drugs we already have, and the fact that such use is now illegal, speaks volumes about how dysfunctional our society has become.
Why can’t people function without mind-altering drugs? Because such drugs are illegal.