The majority of the population is intoxicated every minute of their life.
The physical energy that we suck out of Starbucks, Red Bulls, and uppers is not true energy. We’re drunk on a fake energy that fades away and burns us out, leaving us dependent.
Even the “Healthy” choices we meet are often disastrous on our body, diminishing our energy so that we’re sluggish and running most of our day in a flight-or-fight state, instead of creating supplies of good energy.
Prozac, Zoloft, and other drugs numb our depressions instead of dealing with problems. The complex web of our problems just fades away until we are so out of touch with the consequences our decisions up to this moment.
Narcotics, psychadelics, chemicals, escaping reality. No doubt, they allow us to experience “altered states”, expand our creativity, and make things fun. But they also destroy people’s lives, distort our reality to an unworkable point, and drastically invade lives.
There is a level of moderation to all of these, and I respect that. Though I’ve found that we can alter our reality without drugs.
I’m a weirdo that way. I’m the life of the party, I see things people don’t see, I’m energetic, and I had to learn to become many of these things in the course of being sober for several years. It’s totally possible! All those positive things drugs promise can be found in sobriety.
Straight edge IS the altered reality. Sober, clean, and in touch with the clarity of every moment is not what most people experience as we live in an intoxicated world.
What it means to me is choosing to deal with everything with a clear mind and seek to completely emerge into the experience without the need of the numbing agents we put in our bodies.
Some experiences aren’t as easily accessible to the sober mind as the intoxicated mind, true, but the opposite is also true: until you’ve detoxed, you can’t experience the clarity of a truly sober mind.
I choose straight edge for the altered state of clarity. For me, having that energy and clarity fuels that drive in me to affect change in the world—dullness only makes the path more obscured and harder to walk on.