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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

It has been a subject of lifelong interest.. the propensity within some to lead, and that within others, to follow. This would include all aspects of the particular individual subject's life, or perhaps lifestyle would be more apropos.
One example of the Alpha personality would be the necessity to control. To use the force of their peculiar personality traits to put themselves on a plane above those who are needing a voice in the wilderness, so to speak. It follows that those who seek control and have a convincing message to convey, will certainly find those who like the cotton-batten within the message to insulate themselves from the necessity of thinking for themselves. Those who follow, will find justification for their belief set as dictated to them by those who lead, unthinkingly regurgitating the dogma which has become carved in stone, as it were.
We see examples all around us. Those who follow any system of faith, whether it be in those who claim to represent a spiritual being, or those who will cry 'my country, right or wrong', or those who believe the men and women we elect to public office, believe it is for their own good. Issues become homogenized, with attitudes freely and fiercely defended, with no more depth of understanding or education needed.
And while there is widespread condemnation for those who disagree with our particular dogma, this again, is not based on knowledge, but on an inbred sense of moral superiority. We are programmed to follow the path, and accept the restrictions, of the dogma we have absorbed from our parents, our educators, our Ministers and Priests and Mullahs, our peers, our media, and our legislators.
A brief history; this from Wiki and concerns a man by the name of Harry Anslinger. These are some quotes from his address to the American Congress in the 1930's:

Traffic in marihuana is increasing to such an extent that it has come to the be cause for the greatest national concern.
This drug is as old as civilization itself. Homer wrote about, as a drug that made men forget their homes, and that turned them into swine. In Persia, a thousand years before Christ, there was a religious and military order founded which was called the Assassins and they derived their name from the drug called hashish which is now known in this country as marihuana. They were noted for their acts of cruelty, and the word "assassin" very aptly describes the drug.
Hearing on H.R. 6385 (April 1937)

Here we have drug that is not like opium. Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured. Some people will fly into a delirious rage, and they are temporarily irresponsible and may commit violent crimes. Other people will laugh uncontrollably. It is impossible to say what the effect will be on any individual. Those research men who have tried it have always been under control. They have always insisted upon that. … It is dangerous to the mind and body, and particularly dangerous to the criminal type, because it releases all of the inhibitions.
Hearing on H.R. 6385 (April 1937)

How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured...No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer...
"Marijuana — Assassin of Youth" in The American Magazine, Vol. 24 (July 1937), p. 18

Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.
As quoted in Legalizing Marijuana : Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics‎ (2004) by Rudolph Joseph Gerber, p. 9; also in Hawking Hits on the Information Highway : The Challenge of Online Drug Sales for Law Enforcement (2008) by Laura L. Finley , p. 28, and "The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana" (1994) by Jack Herer, Jeanie Cabarga, and Jeanie Herer, p. 29.

This man demonized a substance which indeed has been used throughout recorded history, and through skillful manipulation of the 'God fearing man and woman on the street' caused a total disregard for the evidence before us all, and drew blinkers around a guilty society to make instant criminals of those who used the many medicinal products which existed at that time, based on cannabis or extracts from the plant.

Think about it.

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