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So, despite how deeply I
feel the argument against
drug use, I have to admit
that the arguments that
persuade me are far from
complete. Hence, I try
to be very tolerant of
other people's choices
about this. I don't, and
never will use recreational
drugs, but if other people
do, that's okay by me.
Mostly this works okay. I've spent
most of my life hanging around with
people who use some sort of drugs.
It's really only recently that I've
found people who also tend to avoid
them (though usually not as
fanatically as I do).
The one case where I've been know to
have some problems is with people who
are really close to me, e.g. girl
There was a girl I was seeing who
did a transition from being a
complete abstainer, to being
someone who would experiment with
just about anything her friends
It was a lot of work to break off the
self-identification, to try to respect
what she was doing as being at least
possibly valid for her.
Since then, I've never quite fallen
into the trap of expecting my girl
friends to be mirrors of myself.
Though I still have a hard time
with friends who claim to be casual
cigarette smokers... once-a-weekers
who claim that there's no way
they'll ever become addicted to
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