The #1 Epidemic
It is more caustic than cocaine, opioids or alcohol. The outbreak that began decades ago has become a cancerous catalyst for tribalism, hate, incivility, and downright meanness.
21st century LSD (as noted in the title) is highly addictive. It fogs evangelicals, unhinges the undecided and craters the conscience of critical thinkers. A subtle germ spread by social media and jester-ism in the form of journalism, it numbs one into embracing nonsense. Abetted by apathy and ignorance, it spreads and thrives, infecting freedom and conquering critical thinking.
The LSD concept of untruth, fact-manipulation, and populace fracturing is not a new phenomenon. Some of its past greatest hits include:
· Hitler and the Nazi Party
· Mao and his Little Red Book
· The Crusades Con Job
· Manifest Destiny
· “the American Civil war was not fought over slavery”
· The “Holy” Roman Empire
The above partial list illustrates an insidious success that LSD has had on society. Baseless blaming, gardening for a “goat”, fostering fear without factual basis, encouraging hate, tamping down tolerance…this is how the LSD-Dealing greedy and power-hungry few manipulate the masses.
These days, NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) has been replaced with Non-Information Mind Bends Ya’ll. “God” is a weapon as well, invoking the deity for hypocritical hypotheses of supremacy, justifying repression and basically placing faith over facts (or scripture over science).
The anecdote: read, vote, engage, THINK!
There are many nuggets of news in the news. Pieces from the “Pro” are often seasoned with concepts from the “Con”, thus creating a societal feast supreme. But, the meal will be rancid if we don’t attest to who is swinging from a tree or incinerating in an oven.
An alternative remedy to LSD is: Be Nice, or at least civil. Tolerance works as well. This therapy is painless and many times joyful. Its antithesis, crass and cruel hate, brings happiness only to those who have a terminal case of LSD.
If you have the symptoms, get help. Group, volunteerism, study, objectivity and societal engagement are just some of the medications subscribed and recommended.
Perhaps, someday soon, LSD will mean, "Love Sanity Decorum".