Anonymous asked: Personally I believe there is a difference between a stoner and a pothead. Like a stoner is like the really cool, laid back, hippie kind of guy while a pothead is the really scummy type of person that picks up half smoked cigarettes on the side of the road for free rolling papers.
You’re part of the problem.
Creating these artificial labels in society as if humans were made to fit into molds, rather than flourish uniquely. Applying negative connotations to words simply imprisons the innocent in social stigmas. We’ve seen this since the dawn of time, from racist uses(spades, mondays, chinks) to sexually suppressive uses(tranny, fag, lesbo).
Even the government and conspirators have used the evil of word manipulation. It’s why the word ‘marijuana’ exists — it’s a product of prohibition in the early 1900s. The word literally didn’t exist before that. Imagine a world where the government makes up a new word for tomatos, like terrormato, and then campaigns for tomatos to be illegal (but calls them terrormatos). For decades the campaign goes on, trickling down to every facet of society (to schools teaching anti-terrormato drug programs to cops arresting terrormato growers and sellers on a massive scale). What kind of effect would that have on society? And it all starts with the demonization of a word.
I enjoy cannabis, and also happen to have a myriad of other qualities to my character. I may or may not fall loosely within labels, but they never define or limit my persona. Applying these blanket statements for a negative regard, like grouping people together as ‘scummy’ potheads, simply creates an accessible gateway for immoral alienation. It’s easy to disregard someone’s humanity when you’re classifying them as something clearly defined. Yeah he’s a human being with a story, but he’s a ‘scum bag’ pothead, he deserved to go to prison for smoking a flower!
It’s awesome when we come together under these labels in an attempt to create more acceptance. Though the second we use words to create boundaries, we’ve only begun to hurt ourselves.
It’s these games we play with words that draw indistinguishable lines. We love the word drug. It’s such a heavy hitter. DRUG. For most it’s heard and immediately evokes images of heroin users skin popping, crack smokers lighting up spoons, etc. We’re pumped full of the mantra since childhood: “Don’t do drugs. Drugs are bad.” But what are drugs? Drugs are a product that when ingested create a physiological effect. So anything that we consume that changes our body chemistry is a drug, from coffee to chewable vitamins. Yet we create this connotation of the word drug that paints a very particular prohibitionist picture of a terrifying drug addict.
How can we distill such an expanse of existence into crude symbolism? Words are flexible vessels for thought that are held back the likes of dictionaries and the creatively suppressive. If you guys have a chance, check out the Terrence McKenna talk on words and how they limit the growth of society. He does an amazing job of breaking down the War on Drugs and the manipulation of language.
Stay regular super stoner~