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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

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The Envelope: Addictions, get ’em while you’re hot

Do you know that Nietzsche drank almost only water because he believed that alcohol gives people an unearned sense of achievement and it’s an unhealthy way to cope with reality? I agree, just look at Kanye for evidence. Using substances to block out the hardships of life will stop a person from being all they can be.

Think very carefully and try to remember the last time you met a successful and morally upright meth head. Meth doesn’t even look fun, it looks painful. Here is a list of celebrity meth addicts.

How about a nice, moist man sitting with a “forty” in a paper bag on a park bench and hollering at women? Have you ever thought to yourself “Wow he looks like a real winner.”

I haven’t heard of vape addicts– but if they exist, that’s just embarrassing. I think I’ve seen 12-year-old ruffians vaping outside 7/11.

I’m not bashing addicts, I understand it’s a disease. The point of me saying this is to get across the message that if you need to overcome a difficulty, you are making for yourself another difficulty and will likely become a self fulfilling prophecy of suffering and addiction.

Seek treatment — if not for your own good, for the good of the community and thus the revolution. There are economic and political implications too.

For example, a nicotine addict contributes more to cigarette companies than a non-smoker. It is proven that cigarettes put a person’s health in danger in that they cause multiple kinds of cancer.

A more subliminal way nicotine addictions hurt the addict is by providing an unnecessary cost. So it is in cigarette companies’ interests to collect addicts and thus a steady stream of revenue. It’s like this — if you were playing water sports and taking a golden shower with seven guys, you would put them under a waterfall to drink from so that they would never run out of urine.

This issue goes a step further when cigarette companies such as Marlboro are owned by conglomerates such as Philip Morris International who contribute to the campaigns of politicians such as representative George Holding who pushed for more drug prosecutions — permanently ruining the lives and felony records of people who have addictions. Evidently, the war on drugs helps the profit of the cigarette companies, whose products are perfectly legal.

There are similar situations with alcohol, fast food companies and big pharma having a say in what addictive substances are legally attainable.


It is not wise to block out the senses in order to forget about one’s problems — but at the same time, perhaps a drink, puff or trip once in a while is not so bad. All things in moderation, as Karl Marx said.

It is better for the revolution if you give as little money as possible to the fat cats who, besides steal wages from the workers, put peoples’ health at risk in order to fill their pockets.

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