i have a question. its not related to anything happening in my life right now, but it has been on my mind for some reason. it's more or less a moral exercise.
i was thinking about three factors: the massive amounts of money that are spent on antidrug programs and ads in america, the utter, and almost comical, failure of any of those programs to curb drug use (not because its impossible, but because its almost always gone about in the most short-sighted, ham-fisted way imaginable), and the sheer length of time that these pitiful programs have gone on for.
now. let's take someone like me, who is alert enough to recognize, at the same time, both the failure of these initiatives and the futility of efforts to change them (criticism of any of these programs pretty much gets you labeled a "pro-drug" hippie or pervert or something).
so let's say i start a company that creates and distributes anti-drug messages via internet and magazine, and additionally, prints anti-drug materials for distribution at schools.
i don't have to try very hard, since both parents and the government will throw money at at these things regardless of quality of work or results (metrics, even when effectiveness is measured, are vaguely defined and open to wide interpretation). so i can work fast, and in theory, get a better-than-average return on my investment. i have job stability, since the drug war will never be won, or lost, for that matter.
so, at the end of the day, i become rather well-off. then i take my newly available spare time and devote a portion of it to creating healthy clubs for kids that help them holistically, by giving them opportunities to associate with ach other and adults in ways that are psychologically rewarding.
as an example, it has always been a dream of mine to open boxing clubs in cities with poor school systems, giving young men and women opportunities to explore aggression (which is simply the natural expression of the manipura chakra coming into activity) in controlled environments, and re-teaching them the "ethics" of fighting and giving them pride in themselves both as individuals and identity as part of a larger group. physical conflict in a controlled environment also addresses the mythical potentials (campbell) that boys especially need outlets for, reducing the chance that they will find and activate the default outlets that we inherited from our ape ancestors (i.e. the formation of gangs).
this, and/or whatever other clubs i start and contribute to, reduce drug use simply by giving children what they really need: honest, non-pedagogical adult mentors, a sense of community with others their own age, and an awareness of their resposibility to teach protect those that are younger than them.
so basically i would be gaming a corrupt system (that is practically begging to be gamed anyway) in order to create opportunity for a positive result, and securing a comfortable standard of living for myself in the process.
so what do you think? good, bad, right, wrong, cynical, idealistic? do you think it balances out, morally?