I just want to apologize for my post yesterday (I took it down). I really don't know enough about the issue of drug addiction, specifically heroin and other opiates that has reached epidemic rates in Vermont (#2 per capita) and Maine (#1 per capita). As some thoughtful readers shared that much of this is a result of addiction to prescription drugs that were initially prescribed by doctors. I feel terribly for all that have had to and continue to go through this. I do plan to write to our governor to point this out that while treatment facilities are good for right now, a better solution would seem to be to make addictive prescription drugs illegal like much of Europe has already done. (Fighting the pharmaceutical companies another huge issue..)
What I can do though, is raise our children to think outside the box, perhaps they won't just go along with conventional practices. I hope that when the day comes and they have to go to an regular doctor and he/she prescribes a medication that they will look up the pros, cons, side effects and make an informed decision before taking it. So many of us in this country were raised with the attitude that "this is just the way it is". The school system, the distractions of technology, the very low nutritional value of food, the lack of human interaction - all contribute to this. I think this country is doing a great job of raising up a whole population to not believe in themselves, to not utilize their gifts, and to just believe "this is the way it is". Does anyone tell children today that they can do whatever they set their minds to?
Well, I have always been one to question everything and pray that our children do the same. It is ok to risk being misunderstood and to be considered strange over conformity just for the sake of conformity.
I am sorry that this isn't a very joyful topic, but I do think if we fall prey to our culture's many forms and methods of numbing us down that it will be harder to experience a fulfilling life.