My proposed hard-line distinction between use and abuse is actually thankfully simple (and a great example of why scientific constitutionalism can work brilliantly well for us all).
Use involves leveraging something as a tool to improve balance (so stability).
Abuse involves leveraging that same something against that balance due to a dangerous fluctuation between positive reward and its scientifically unavoidably equal cost, so causing unhealthy stress capable of leading to further abuse — perhaps until death do you part.
Reality is pure energy, at least according to mainstream physics.
Stress (physics definition) is synonymous with change, so each one of us purely modulates energetically in strict accordance with a stress (change) signature.
When we use something, we energetically stir momentum towards balance, so strength for survival and “thrival”.
When we abuse something, we energetically stir too much (a vicious circular) momentum against balance. If there’s no correction, at least one death is inevitable.
From our Respect Cannabis campaign informational roots…
Cannabis is one perception alteration tool. Not limited to an impact by drugs, perception alteration can also be impacted by technology, religion, and logically any other experience shaping perception. While ways to alter perception by drug intake are becoming more numerous (and we can logically assume that nanotechnology and biocomputing will introduce a vast new set of illicit-drug-like effects that crushingly overwhelm any sense in applying the already-demonstrably-failed prohibition mindset), the basics of use and abuse remain the same throughout posterity, regardless of the method of perception alteration. Therefore, it makes perfect sense for an intelligent and civilized society to focus solely upon continuously educating those basics:
1. Stay sober (i.e. avoid intentional perception alteration) upon feeling success during that state of being.
2. Understand at least the synopsis (especially relevant risks) of any method of intentional perception alteration prior to exercising that alteration.
3. Enter the “shallow end” of intentional perception alteration, and increase intensity of that alteration responsibly and only as fittingly needed.
4. Apply understood remedies against unhealthy stress (i.e. apply work or relaxation as needed to strengthen individual balance) to avoid abusing any intentional perception alteration as a destructive crutch.
By logical necessity, our Respect Cannabis campaign cannot be righteously limited to cannabis, but also the growth of relevant principles beyond that plant to encompass perception alteration itself.
Successfully avoiding abuse is about prioritizing balance over positivity, because the latter always requires a balancing negativity to fit reality’s scientifically proven need for its balance.
Our society is overly conditioned to strive for positivity (winning games, partying hard, etc.)
We may not be able to convince society to responsibly change that primary focus to calm the energetic waters of humanity, but we can change that focus within each of our own lives, and pass on that change to our loved ones.
Notice how this ‘change we can fully logically believe in’ doesn’t condone mass rights infringement (e.g. Certain Drug Prohibition), and all of the unhealthy stress broadly exacerbating abuse to ironically reinforce the problem of abuse itself.
Notice how equality and morality are naturally covered here.
Reality is ultimately tricky against anyone within reality (e.g. death is inevitable), and that includes understanding that extreme balance is ironically its own extreme imbalance (imagine the scales of justice with extreme balance on one side, so you visualize that super-imbalance), so…
Everything in moderation (including that in and of itself).
Am I missing anything here (noting my redundancy is for emphasis)?
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