Charcoal, Sanguine Conte, and Graphite on paper, 18″x24″
When I look back on this year I think about how fast it went by. It seemed like only yesterday I was making my new years revolution. A lot of things happened this year. I turned 21 which was one of the biggest things that happened. Too bad I’m too poor to make much use of the bars. Over the summer I went to Vegas for the second time, but it may as well have been the first since this time I could actually participate in all Vegas has to offer. While there I got to chill at the pool next to Floyd Maywether, and party at the Marquee in the Cosmopolitan. Pretty amazing trip. After that I made the trip to San Bernadino for the Nocturnal Music Festival. After two days of mind blowing music I returned to the real world as I got a speeding ticket just outside of Blythe. Let this be a warning to anyone going over 100 on the I 10 East. Even if everyone else is going 90-95 don’t go over 100 mph because you might have to return to Blythe to receive a 900 dollar ticket. No joke, be careful out there. Since then life’s been a bit chaotic, but I’m getting my ducks back in their row. With the onset of 2012 I look forward to a new beginning. One with no police trouble and good grades abounding. I feel like if the world doesn’t end in 2012, people will finally shut up about Nostradamus and the Aztecs and get productive. Maybe we will see second wind in the lungs of the world that leads to a new era. Either way I’m ready to put 2011 behind and see what 2012 has in store.
When we are born into this world in any modernized country, we are also born into a system. We are issued a social security number, our feet and hand prints are recorded, and we become a part of the grand system of modern society. We have no control of choosing to be part of it or not. We simply grow up in a place were we exchange metal and printed paper for goods and services, and our base animal needs are practically a thing of the past. We no longer need to spend all day hunting or gathering just so we can have food to fill our stomachs. Instead we job hunt. Once we find a job we must periodically visit it to attain our bi weekly ration of currency which we use to exchange for our tools for survival, ie. food, clothing, shelter, and so on. This has allowed us to spend our other time doing things like exploring or creating or playing video games. This is one advantage of being in the system.
As humans I believe we are always trying to create the best world for ourselves. As we continue on this journey we have come to learn that the natural world around us already has set the example of what we need. For instance money in an economy shares many similarities to energy in our universe. When something needs to get done it takes money from one or many sources to achieve the goal. The same is true in the natural world. Energy is gathered and pooled to make things happen. We have learn from plants that the sun has tons of energy we can harness, and are creating more sustainable ways to continue growing.
Fractal geometry has taught us how we can replicate nature in computer generated simulations and that there is a pattern to life. We have shoes that replicate a human foot because the foot is already the perfect design. It seems the further we advance the more we replicate what nature has had all along. This is where I hope our future leads. However we know humans to be innately flawed, and so our created world will never be as perfect as the natural world. As long as humans are in charge of the system we live in there are bound to be problems. This does not mean we can’t try. So long as we fight to keep out corruption and strive to attain a unified goal, the human experiment way one day attain perfection.
There are lots of things that I advocate. Publicly, I support things like public art, music, and legalizing marijuana. I believe all these things are important to our society. The way our culture is moving, people are realizing the fallacies we’ve been told about marijuana ruining lives and killing people. In truth, the plant itself is very useful. Not only does it grow in abundance, but it can be used to make tons of stuff like paper, rope, and cloth. On top of that you can ingest it by eating it or smoking it. If you eat it the residual effects are not harmful to the body. The only harmful effects it gives is damage to the lungs if you smoke it, and slight paranoia if you aren’t used to the feeling. To overdose on marijuana, you have to smoke about a third of your body weight. Good thing that anyone who would attempt this would surely fall asleep long before reaching this goal. The positive effects are stress and pain relief, increase of appetite, and general happiness. These can lead to laziness, and apathy, however so can overeating, and many other things we do naturally. Are we going to start telling people how much or little they can eat? Of course not, so why can’t we choose what else goes in our bodies? Of course not. On top of that it’s not physically addictive. That means if you quit cold turkey, your body wont go through withdrawal symptoms like with every other substance. The most that might happen, is you might lose a bit of appetite for a few days. You may feel that you need it, but that is simply mental addiction with no physical harm to the body. Proof of this is that THC, the active chemical in marijuana, stays in your system for months. This is because the body does not see it as harmful. Where as alcohol leaves the system within three days, because the body is working to get rid of all that bad stuff.
On the reverse side, alcohol has been legal all over the world since its creation, save for the prohibition era. Alcohol is the only substance that a person can be come so dependent on that they can die from quitting cold turkey. Often times strong alcoholics need to wane off of it slowly or their body will shut down. Yet we sell this at bars, stores, and restaurants everywhere. 75,000 US deaths a year are linked to alcohol. Drunk driving is the highest killer of teen drivers in America. All these statistics and information show how horrible a substance this is for the body (when used in excess) yet it’s one of the only legal substances we have in the world. Rarely do you hear of weed related car accidents, because when someone is too high to drive, they are more than likely too high to do anything other than sitting around the house. People can be blacked out drunk and still be awake and full of energy to make all kinds of bad decisions. Why is it that we promote and glorify something that kills thousands of people and ruins lives? Yet we look down on and shun something that grows naturally, has many uses, and is virtually impossible to die from. It probably all started when the paper companies put out smear campaigns against marijuana and hemp because it stood to replace trees as a cheaper and more renewable resource for paper. Corruption is everywhere, and when the powerful stand to lose their position, the little guy gets shat on. For this reason I will always advocate legal marijuana. I look forward to the way things are changing in America and hopefully someday it will be used to it’s fullest potential.