It is one of the purest hallucinogenics known to mankind. When induced, we can literally feel it course through our veins! Like a surgeon’s scalpel, it quickly cuts away the fog that lives in our brains, eliminates distractions from the margins, creates intense energy, instills confidence and withers doubt. It protects us when threatened, speeds up our reaction times, elevates our strength and heightens our senses. It turns otherwise uncertain ditherers into highly convicted decision makers.
Is this the perfect drug or what? Are there side effects?
Not exactly, well, there may be a few, but let’s face it, nothing in this world comes for free. No life-giving medication comes without its side effects, no reward without its risks. There is no physical addiction, so no nasty withdrawal symptoms when you decide to stop! It may increase heart rate and blood pressure slightly, it may cause occasional grinding of teeth, dilation of pupils, and increase body temperature. Initial onset may bring about sweating and mild physical discomfort. Other risks to be considered but not feared are the rare occasional destruction of persons, properties and marriages. Self-induced alienation is often suffered by chronic users. Death, while an extremely rare event can be a very real risk, either through violence or cardiac arrest. It has been known to bring on very rare violent episodes or uncontrollable physical actions, may cause loss of comprehension and ultimately guilt.
The vast majority of us will become users at some point in our lives, all too often it will become a regular occurrence. In spite of the fact that the benefits are short-term at best, users are willing to sacrifice the sanctity of their homes, the love of their families and the respect of their community for the short-lived high that in the end is a sign of weakness rather than strength.
It is a demon we call upon when we’ve nowhere else to turn, a stimulant of last resort. In latin it is called iratus, in Ancient Greek it is thumos. In any language it is a highly addictive, uncontrollable stimulant that takes over all who give into its whiles.
It is not only America’s drug of choice, it is the world’s!
“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”