January 31st, 2009 by Jack Trimpey
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The all-time greatest Olympic star was photographed on November 6, 2008, sucking on a pot bong six weeks after winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympic Festival. In the frenzy of publicity following this debacle, many reports of habitual drug abuse are coming out, adding to his image problem stemming from an earlier DUI. At the peak of his career, Michael â€œBongoâ€ Phelps has crashed and is now burning down into a cinder-like has-been.
Of course, it’s painful to think of the pain Michael Phelps and his family will feel resulting from this astonishing display of stupidity. I hope he gets a grip and rehabilitates himself by quitting his use of alcohol and other drugs, so that he may go on to even greater heights of success. I believe he is capable of achieving future success, even greatness, because he has already set a course for himself at odds with the behavioral health industry.
As a restless, awkward child, Michael was diagnosed with the ‘spectrum disorder’ of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and prescribed a cocaine-like drug, Ritalin, at age 9. Michael rejected this drug therapy and his mother wisely complied with his objections.
Spectrum disorders, to be blunt, are bullshit diagnostic labels applied to people who present symptoms which are only suggestive or symbolic of actual rare, florid diseases and maladies. Examples are ADHD, dyslexia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, sensory processing disorder (SPD), bipolar disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, and depressive disorder, to name a few.
The common ancestor of most of the popular â€œdesignerâ€ diagnoses is miminal brain damage (MBD), which received exuberant attention of status seeking professionals and self-involved clients during the 1960′s. MBD fell into disrepute when it became apparent that the purported brain damage was so minimal as to be unmeasurable using any objective measures of brain function, structure, or activity. Not to be discouraged, creative science discovered that certain pencil and paper tests could be used to ‘prove’ the existence of MBD-like pathology, which they more carefully called learning disabilities. The stage had been set for eager professionals to provide magic to an eager public seeking explanations for their adult problems in the material world rather in their own character and consciousness.
The Phelps family backed out of the muck of designer diseases of childhood, hopefully before he acquired a taste for the mind-altering effects of Ritalin, which according to its customers also makes you feel really good for no other reason than having taken it. One would wish Michael understood the gravity of drugs better than he did, and would have backed away from the gravity-hole of addiction before getting sucked into it, as he obviously has been. Alas, he was identified as a hapless victim early on rather than a kid who needed firmer discipline, so it is understandable that he did not know what is known about the nature of substance addiction.
Anyone who knows Michael or his family should direct them to the Rational Recovery® website where information on AVRT-based recovery is freely available. Although we do not solicit individuals to quit their addictions, it is a very good thing for everyone else to make independent recovery a viable option for all addicted people.
January 18th, 2009 by Jack Trimpey
©2009, Jack Trimpey. All rights reserved.
If marijuana is ever “legalized,” the packages should carry the warning, “Warning, cannabis is a mind-altering drug which can turn you into a liberal.” Liberalism is a predictable outcome of substance abuse, one first noticed by the user himself, and then by others in his family and community.� If you have any doubt about the liberalizing effects of pot, think of all the potheads you know and take a good guess at how they see politics and social issues, as well as their general outlook on life.
If you are a pothead yourself, then you are already quite aware of the transforming power of cannabis. You are quite a different person today than you were during the days leading up to your first trip into the wow-zone. Other than for some nagging doubts (lurking common sense), you see nothing really wrong with getting stoned, and you probably believe that marijuana is a boon to mankind, a wonderful medicine, a miracle drug that would make the world a much better place if everyone would just get stoned, and evil anti-marijuana laws were repealed. Those core, liberal beliefs are the immediate, direct result of getting stoned, beliefs which set the stage for life in left field. As an example of this phenomenon, I offer none other than Aldous Huxley, whose original, anti-communist sentiments were radically transformed by drugs toward another new, liberal world which we are now experiencing.
Aldous Huxley was a prophet of his times, but his most famous work of fiction, Brave New World, was not his most influential. His seminal, nonfiction work, Doors of Perception (1954), has also been a best selling book over half a century. He wrote Doors under the influence of mescaline, using lofty, romantic prose to describe the drug’s vivid effects upon him. This book became the catalyst for the drug movement of the 1960’s, energizing an entire generation to pursue personal paradise through biochemistry. The popular rock band, The Doors, used Huxley’s book as their name and in the slant of musical lyrics, lulled an entire generation into the passive-dependent gutlessness of addiction.
Based on “spiritual” intuitions admittedly arising from his lifelong substance abuse, Huxley foretold over seventy years ago that a great religious revival would soon occur in America, and that this would come through drugs, and not from evangelists. He understood that drugs lower inhibitions and open the door to subjective experiences quite unlike the common, natural states of consciousness that accompany daily living. Huxley’s religion was the high-life; indeed, he died under the influence of LSD, as his tribute to the highest level of existence or experience he could imagine.
The drug movement of the 1960’s was a sharp left turn in national politics, dividing America into two political camps with profound, probably irreconcilable, differences. It’s the great divide between two rivers of human discourse, now loosely called liberal and conservative, human versus animal, barbarism versus civilization. Drugs have gripped the minds of successive generations, and now a procession of men and women who have gone through Huxley’s doors of perception have come to political power. They see an altered view of reality. An informed public will better understand future events, and Addictive Voice Recognition Technique (AVRT) is a fine stereoscope through which to observe history unfold.
Liberalism: a Natural Function of the Human Body
Let’s look at the word liberal, without political bias or condescension. At the core, liberal means “unbound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms.” Liberal means broadminded, open-minded, generous, even selfless, compassionate, but also means permissive and tolerant in contrast to being judgmental and moralistic. Liberalism is a constellation of beliefs and values which have, at their core, liberation from inhibition and moral restraint of bodily desires. A philosophical keystone of social liberalism is, “No act is inherently immoral, wicked or evil, and any act may be justified by a sufficient explanation of circumstances and/or by the intensity of one’s desire to perform it.” Add all that up, and you have the philosophical foundation of the addiction treatment industry, the Hollywood Empire, and left-wing politics.
There are two versions of homo sapiens, the animal version and the human version. We are born animals, free from internal restraints, freely indulging whatever impulses, urges, or desires may arise. Soon, however we must learn to restrain bodily desires, starting with potty training, followed by restraint of aggression, shrieking, lying, stealing, and other antisocial gratifications.
With maturity, comes consciousness and the human version of homo sapiens, with ever-increasing self-restraint of bodily desires, along with containment of related language. To cohabitate a human household, become employed, get and stay married, stay out of jail, and so on, we must restrain practically all of our bodily desires. Our success in life depends upon accepting a number of admonitions — yes, prohibitions! — which forbid certain acts and behaviors, most of which arise from the animal side of our nature. We are born “liberals” and maturity brings self-restrictive, ancestrally-mandated, “conservative” values.
However, unless addicted, we are not our bodies. Our consciousness occupies an animal being with the life-long agenda of fulfilling its biological agenda. Adapting to a world in which practically all of our bodily desires are constrained by morality, laws, regulations, and taboos is a supreme challenge, considering that we ride through life astride a wild animal (the body) which has survived over the eons by killing, stealing, deceiving, raping, and plundering. We acquire human consciousness from our families, and from the start there is an internecine struggle between the infant’s biological agenda and the family’s humanizing responsibility. The Beast rages against restraint (moral authority) from infancy on, but inevitably submits to the free will of human consciousness.
Because religions carry forward moral codes of conduct based mostly on self-restraint of bodily desires,� liberals are very often hostile to religion, or to any other source of moral or restrictive legal authority.� Anyone who has known an addicted person knows very well the rage to expect from any attempt to discourage or deter his self-intoxication. The dynamic is the same; the addict’s rage toward authority is the same as any liberal’s anger at restrictive authority — “Moralism, damned moralism!” Even the term “family values” is irksome to liberals, as they promote their long, juicy agenda of anti-family social policies.
Yes, many of these liberal social policies have to do with bodily functions such as sexuality, substance abuse, eating food, and public morality/decency. It’s fairly predictable who will be on which side of any conflict about those kinds of issues. Of course, not all liberals are addicts or substance abusers, but all substance abusers, especially the potheads of this discussion, are deeply liberal as proved by their actions. Many conservatives become addicted, but their addictions quickly induce liberal beliefs and attitudes, as explained below.
Doctrines of addiction recovery, such as the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, actually attribute the cause of addiction to one’s genetic ancestors, and provide an inverted morality in which addicts are victims of their “dysfunctional” families rather than the obvious opposite, and one creates a god of his own sodden imagination rather than comes to believe in a traditional God which is a source of moral authority.
In fellowships of addicted people, i.e., recovery groups, members form new, primary relationships to replace family bonds. Relationships among drug-users, including those “in recovery,” are dark relationships, eclipsed by the primitive drives normally suppressed by family values. These dark relationships bring a sense of closeness and emotional attachment which mimicks family bonds destroyed by addiction, plus a deep sense that their original families are by nature unreasonable, insensitive, unfair, and irrelevant, and the nuclear family is, in itself, a diseased entity responsible for transmitting the sacred disease of addiction through defective genes and “dysfunctionality.”
Notable liberals such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama both smoked pot, the latter probably much more than the former, and the depth of their liberalism seems to follow their degree of use. Neither liberal president renounced his past pot use, although President Obama has predicted he won’t smoke in the White House. Was he speaking of Marlboros or pot?
The drug abuse of alleged conservative, George Bush, is well-known, but he did take responsibility for the problem and now abstains as a matter of principle. The legislative sponsors of addiction treatment funding are nearly all liberal addicts “in recovery,” such as Patrick Kennedy, James Ramstad, the late Ann Richards, and a host of others wanting to shield substance abusers from social policies requiring or demanding immediate, unfailing, perpetual abstinence (not one-day-at-a-time sobriety!) from each of them.
An earlier blog here explored the political and voting preferences of substance abusers, but this very recent article sheds more light on that topic.
Potheads of all ages can be called Teen Monsters because their indulgences both reflect and generate adolescent attitudes, fixations, authority problems, and anti-family feelings. Many adolescents and young adults begin to experiment with alcohol and other drugs, often as early as age 13 to 15, when they really should be learning the importance of self-restraint, delaying gratifications, personal discipline, acceptance of authority, managing emotions, and developing more mature character traits. As suggested by the old hippie song title, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” teen dopers are transformed, almost magically, from naive kids from good families into smoke-breathing slackers.
Already straining against parental authority by virtue of healthy, adolescent growth toward independence, they experiment with marijuana and other neuro-drugs which turn them into teen-age monsters fueled by a volatile cocktail of tetrahydrocannabis plus testosterone and/or estrogen. They become animals, unfit for family membership, but wear pathetic disguises of disease provided by the school and the health and counseling professions. Even liberal churches have sold out on the family, resigning to the Beast® by opening their basements to fellowships of addiction which use the forms and parlance of religion to convey the beliefs and values of addiction to newcomers of all ages.
It’s amazing how the world looks so different through the eyes of addiction, after abandoning your right mind. The onset of addiction always feels like a blessed event, quite unexpected by the substance abuser, but nevertheless welcomed as a wonderful surprise. Many potheads and slackers still recall their first lift-off, often as teenagers, into the Ozone, that zone of deep pleasure that evokes the wonderful insight, “Ohhhhhh, ohhhhhh, this feels sooooo good! Ohhhhh…” Anything that feels this good can’t be bad!” Thus sayeth the newborn Beast of addiction, in its first utterance of the Addictive Voice.
This sudden inversion of moral truth, that there is nothing wrong with getting high, very often occurs within a single session of being “stoned.” The inversion is a pivotal life event with profound implications and effects on one’s thoughts and behavior for the rest of his life. In AVRT-based recovery, we call this inversion, the denial of the moral dimension of substance abuse, original denial. Thus, in fellowships of addiction, the act 0f self-intoxication is always an innocent act, and any attempt to abstain based upon moral judgment is ridiculed and condemned as a disease symptom.
From then on, a new, counterfeit, survival drive has been added to the normal desires of hunger, breathing, and sexual desire — desire for addictive pleasures, the desire to get high. Original denial sets up a domino-style chain reaction in which all other truths are also up-ended, so they may appear consistent with the addictive mandate, which is that there is nothing wrong with getting high, there is nothing wrong with self-intoxication, there is nothing wrong in principle, nothing wrong with anything as long as nobody gets hurt, there’s nothing wrong at all.� Original denial is the formative insight upon which life in addiction is based, and which lays the foundation for a parallel lifestyle often called liberalism.
Addiction washes away one’s moral conscience, one’s original family values, one’s family identity, and one’s desire to compete for the good in life. Through the eyes of addiction, there is no greater good than the high life, which may be summoned forth by burning a number wherever you happen to be. Pot smokers are perpetual adolescents, with the ego prototype exhibited by radically liberal talkshow host, Bill Maher — ill-tempered, narcicisstic, obsessed with bodily functions, potty humor, sexual obscenity and perversion, i.e., “wet humor,” discussed and illustrated below.
Sadly, the Teen Monsters never know what hit them. Their world is transformed from a developmental struggle for success, freedom, and independence into a childish fantasy about how neat and super life will always be because their favorite fix will always be there. At last, newbie addicts find magic to quickly bail them out from uneasy, mundane feelings, the most frightening of which is boredom, horrible boredom. Of course, in the bubble of addiction, “boredom” is little else than the name addicted people give to reality, or “not high.” They take their boredom not to the library, not to the soccer field, nor into wholesome relationships, but they are drawn like magnets to the bad company of other substance abusers who share the inverted, antisocial, anti-family attitudes common to addiction. Why go through all the hassle and struggles of trying to be happy, when in a short moment, the magic dragon can sweep you away into the wow-zone?
Teen Monsters are very young and cannot know what they are losing to pot and other drugs — their right minds, their personal identities, their character, their families, their freedom, and their sexual future. Love is blind, but the Beast of addiction sees through hormonal fog well enough to narrow one’s sexual desires to other users, losers, batterers, bastards, dealers, lushes and crack whores and to others unfit for family life. In their right minds, they once knew about good and evil, right and wrong, but in what’s left of their minds after addiction sets in, there are no acts which are inherently immoral or evil; it just depends upon the circumstances. In that drug-liberated mind, the social scene is more important than family, psychological principles replace old-fashioned ideas of their ancestors, “spirituality” trumps religion, addictive pleasure equals happiness, and hedonic drugs are the sacraments of the only satisfactory life they can imagine — the high life.
Wet Humor of AVRT®
Wet humor is largely based upon bodily functions, bodily fluids and secretions, especially having to do with reproduction and eliminations of body wastes. Others expressions for wet humor are barnyard humor, potty humor, garbage mouth, foulmouthed, obscenity, vulgarity, and profanity, and antisocial attitude. Wet humor appeals to the animal side of our nature, which must be restrained in order to maintain social order. For the same reason wearing clothing in public is necessary for a civilized society, certain emotionally charged words are suppressed in public discourse. Liberal comedians have built very successful careers upon violating common standards of decency, most notably the late George Carlin, whose claim to notoriety was his “seven dirty words” act in which he titillated the audience with these exciting words: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.
Through our animal ears, it is very exciting to hear these words and to wish fervently that all of them and many more like them could be uttered anywhere, anytime, for any reason because that is obviously what the framers of the United States Constitution had in mind. However, neither addicted people nor liberals in general seem to understand that there are very good reasons for marginalizing emotionally-charged words. They are offensive, just as racial epithets are. Besides, if dirty words are used in common discourse, they will lose their gritty feel and their value as nonviolent ventilation of anger, frustration, or other passionate emotions. I first became aware of wet or Beastly humor while working in a residential center, listening to the residents’ evening conversations. I found that loud laughter was always about drunken behavior, antisocial ideas, sexual aggression and other violence. On one occasion, hearing a group laugh uproariously about an injury car crash, I just asked, “Is this funny?” A hush ensued, and one said, “No, I guess that was my Beast laughing at something really gross.”
Might the expression “wet humor” actually be a bit of dry humor? Possibly, but rather than laboriously explain what “wet humor” means, I will refer you TV’s most notorious liberal, wet humorist, HBO’s Bill Maher. An HBO picture is truly worth a thousand words. In Bill Maher, we can see the bridge between life in addiction and liberalism better than through labored discussion here. He strongly endorses the high-life, especially through the use of marijuana and other neuro-drugs, and romanticizes the lurid lifestyles of notorious liberals, starting with himself.
Mr. Maher is an eternal Teen Monster elevated by his peers into show biz so he can entertain them with squishy jokes about bodily functions, attacks upon the nuclear family concept, and defiance of moral authority. These are basic functions of the Addictive Voice, i.e., the anti-family character of the Beast of addiction itself. Maher’s primary tool in his battering of common decency is ridicule, nearly always in the absence of the one ridiculed, with ruthlessness and intentional cruelty. Maher pretends reasoned political discussion with conservative guests, always a minority of one in a panel of three Hollywood-type liberals, but when facing difficult encounters with outspoken guests, he winkingly incites braying, derisive laughter with images of feces, genitalia, gratuitous blasphemy, and sexual depravity. Other HBO comedy offerings actually surpass Maher’s “Real Time” program as measured by obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, and profoundly anti-social content, but sadly, those programs bring notoriety and shame to those who can least afford or benefit from it — racial and religious minorities who perform them.
Go Home for Wisdom and Recovery
So, think twice before trying out new drugs or returning to any drug which has awakened a strong desire to continue it. Because that addictive desire is anti-family at the core, you might lose your right mind, and end up a liberal out in left field. The good news is that it’s easy to abandon your addiction and return to your right mind, although you won’t be met by the magic of drugs. Very soon, you’ll have a grand sense of relief that the struggle is over, and an immediate sense that you are who you once were long ago, after wandering into the spiritual desert of addiction and recoveryism. Once you leave the jungle of substance addiction, you will soon experience the miracle of human consciousness, master at last of your own body.
Many of your liberal views may begin to dry out, and you may come to see the dignity and value of the original family values passed down to you by your ancestors, a value system in which certain acts may be defined as always wrong, thus creating a moral principle for stable, happy living. Secure, permanent abstinence feels much better than you can imagine because, in the bubble of addiction, addictive pleasure equals happiness — no happy hour, no happiness. In your right mind, you’ll find pleasant order and quiet, and you’ll go right side up again. Happiness will have nothing at all to do with any kind of physical pleasure, and your sense of humor will dry out. Once again you’ll discover the sweetness and lightness of wry, dry wit which prevails in the human family.
Here is your link to the Crash Course on AVRT, where you can learn to see human affairs in 3-D, to the amazement of your liberal friends.