Whatever So there I was. Sixteen years old and equipped with a license to drive. My birthday present, a brand new fully loaded sunglow red ‘vette. Okay, che’vette. It was a hand-me-down from grandma and grandpa, but it had wheels and it lay dormant in my garage for many months awaiting this glorious day. As I got behind the wheel I had only one thing in mind, I was ready to go from zero to sixty in just 5 minutes. As I strapped on my seat belt and collector’s edition Evil Knieval driving glasses, I felt myself going faster and faster as if I were at the whims of my roaring speed machine, but then I heard a small voice inside my head. A voice saying, “Stop!” “Don’t you know that according to the National Transportation Safety Board Annual Report of 1995 there are approximately 22,461 Americans who died as a result of unsafe drivers and in 1997, the Federal Automobile Commissions reported 7000 teenage fatalities on the road.” “You understand, you know better.” The voice inside my head likes periodicals. And all I could think to myself was “ahh-whatever.” My inner geek needs to shut up. Virtually, all of us know better. We know more than ever before about the dangers we face and we know how to avoid them. Yet lately in our society our response is simply “whatever”. We ignore the statistics, the advice and the common sense, which should be pointing us in the direction towards a healthy life. Now to fully understand the destructive mentality we must first identify what is wrong with the philosophy, which supports it, causes it and learn how we can say “whatever” you ___. Now “whatever” is a term popularized recently by a great philosopher of the 20th century – Alicia Silverstone from Clueless. Mind you, we had been using the term many years before the movie, but it wasn’t until recently that “whatever” permeated our daily lives. Okay, let’s begin with the way we are eating and taking care of our bodies. We now consume about 10 more pounds of fats and oils per year than we did in 1970. Ten pounds of fats and oils. That’s the equivalent of precisely one and a half gorditas at Taco Bell. Do you even know what gorditas means? Chubby girls! And they thought that the talking Chihuahua wasn’t politically correct. Now that we have beefed up, let’s have a smoke shall we? Well, that’s what approximately one out of every five Americans is saying according to Lloyd Johnston, author of “Monitoring the Future Study.” I mean over 400,00 people die annually due to smoking related diseases. You confront a smoker with these statistics and they all tend to have the same response – “Whatever! I don’t see you throwing statistics at the woman over at Wendy’s eating a cheeseburger!” Yes, that’s because she’s not blowing thick chunks of meat in my face! We say “whatever” to so many things that we don’t realize how insidious our decisions become. For example, drugs. Today, drug users are younger than at any other time and according to a study done by the Columbia University Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, the use of illicit drugs such as LSD and cocaine are up 150% over the past 5 years – among 8th graders. 14 year old kids are snorting cocaine. What happened to Elmer’s glue? Magic Markers? – Ahh, the good ole days. Unfortunately, since we use “whatever” as our tool for decision-making, often it will affect the lives of other as well. Aids and drunk driving are both products of “whatever”. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the Allen Gumacher Institute, only 35% of all sexually active 15 to 19 year old males and females use protection during every act of sexual intercourse. Come on, this cant possible mean that the other 65% were never told that unsafe sex was dangerous. They just don’t care and as Barry Swedeler of the National Transportation Safety Board said there still remains a group of persistent drinking drivers who do not appear to be deterred by the threat of social disapproval, legal…
trying drugs or simply decide to cross the line of the taboo of society due to curiosity or, often, just plain boredom. Many people who become addicted to drugs began taking them recreationally, but in many cases, this recreational 'flight of fantasy' or 'mental escape' comes with more than the user bargained for. Unfortunately for most people, they are either unaware or uncaring of their family or ethnic background that may be markers of their predisposition for addiction. Since many drugs are considered…
One of the most commonly recognized addictions include addictions to alcohol and other mood-altering drugs. I know many people who are, and were once addicted to alcohol and many other drugs. To be addicted to anything is to need it; you’ll do whatever it takes to get that drug. Even if that means give away your most prized position.
When I was five years old I always wondered why my mother would leave during the middle of the night, she would be gone and might come back when it was time for me…
Drugs and Addiction
Drugs have many effects on the body and mind. People use drugs for various reasons nowadays; some are prescribed, but what about the people that use not prescribed? How do they get them? Many people that use these drugs find themselves doing almost anything to get them; there have even been some college students that get doctors and therapists to give medications without much examination.
There are many drugs a person can get addicted to from prescription drugs to more…
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The funny thing about addictions is the fact that you can’t break away from them so easily. A lot of addicts either obsess over boy bands, celebrities, sex, drugs, etc. Whatever it is they’re addicted to it’s so intoxicating that sometimes they just don’t want to let it go. To be honest I wish I was addicted to something else like drugs or sex.
My name is Soul Eater and my particular drug is much more poisonous than anything else. I’ve been the DJ business for…
The Cycle of Addiction
Drugs range from a variety of sorts; pharmacy pills, alcohol, heroin, crystal meth, the list goes
on. The question is; what draws people into doing drugs? The majority of people who have abused
medication started out with something as simple as cigarettes. Why try cigarettes? Why would anyone
do such a thing? Some are led into it by peer pressure. Others by stress or depression, or just because
they were curious. One addicted, it is just an afternoon thing. One very small guilty pleasure to do on…
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U.S. Drug Policy
There has been much controversy over the United States current drug policy. With new studies showing that some current illegal drugs actually have medical benefits, there has been a sudden outcry from the public on drug legalization. There are certain questions regarding the drug policy that I felt most relevant to this policy issue today in the following paragraphs. I have given the two opposing views of each question.
The war on drugs in the United States has…
receiving, thinking I was never smart enough. I had this crappy image of myself all mapped out. To my surprise I am the complete opposite. The typical stereotypes of addicts, as well as addiction are wrong.
I never knew that thousands of people get together every year and talk about how they used to use drugs or alcohol and how they don’t anymore. A lot of people don’t know the struggle of being addicted to something. Thanks to Narcotics Anonymous I now know how to live a life with meaning, with…
When many people think of addiction dependences on alcohol or drugs often come to mind. There are a vast number of other activities however, that can be just as addicting if abused. Here in America, we are taught at early ages to steer clear of drugs and alcohol due to their addictive nature. At home, our parents admonish us about the dangers of drugs and drinking and we are enrolled in D.A.R.E programs while in school. Furthermore we are reminded to “stay above the influence”…
never use or take any type of illegal drug or alcoholic substance because I have
seen what drugs and alcohol can do to people. I have seen how far the deepest pits go,
without ever having been there myself. I know what bottom is and I shall never go there!
People that I knew and might have loved once have gone to the bottom and died there. I
will NOT follow in their footsteps and make the same mistakes that they have made.
I have seen drugs and alcohol turn good, caring people into…
(Focus of the Study: “Shabungan” at Brgy. Victoria Reyes, Dasmariñas, Cavite)
Cuenca, Ma. Kristina B.
Enon, Jane Loraine S.
Tuban, Julie An
Laganzo, Ma. Riellyn Mae
Drug Addiction is a chronic disease affecting the brain, and just about everyone is different. It was also a condition that characterized by compulsive drug intake, craving and seeking despite what majority of society…