What are the spiritual aspects of drug decriminalisation?
I have three stories of drug psychosis, of people I have met, liked, admired behaving badly or stupidly, or suffering. My moral opinions are strongly influenced by my experience, less by analysis. And, like Sherlock Holmes forgetting the Earth goes round the Sun because the information has no value to him, I see little point in holding strong opinions about things when they do not affect my choices.
We need to help victims, not punish them. That principle may apply to thieves and even violent people in prison with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
A society sends a strong message by making conduct criminal. People are more likely to listen to that when they feel they are a respected part of society.
I had to google to find that marijuana is one of three main forms in which cannabis is taken- others are hashish and hash oil. I had thought the words synonyms. I should learn more before expressing an opinion. Hash oil may be used in cooking.
My spiritual Way is seeking to become conscious and aware. Or to train my spontaneous responses. Or- Tao called Tao is not Tao, and here I get confused. Onywye. I recognise the value of a safety valve, of an escape from pressing problems, and I see the damage it can do.
I was writing that, noticed the contradictions, and decided to make a feature of them.
Discerning this question- should Quakers support drug decriminalisation- is not like getting a motion through Conference. It is not about voting or what we want, but what we think is right. I have moved from being weakly in favour of decriminalisation to not knowing, which is just as well, as I shall clerk our meeting and should not be swayed by my own view.
Setting aside ego is a constant discipline. It is a tricky cratur. It seeps through the narrowest crack, and might not be seen or sensed- the faintest smell of it.
I notice about the contradictions here that each sentence makes sense, but they contradict each other. I want to make sense. The sentences pass my internal censor. Each sounds an assertion I could justify. But that is not enough to be the Truth: the Truth always surpasses understanding. In the contradictions, could they be resolved, I might approach truth. Truth is always more than I can hold in my mind.
Then I approach the holy place, where we sit together to find a way forward, a next step.