October 4, 2009
By OscarDonovan BRONZE, Cowes, Other
OscarDonovan BRONZE, Cowes, Other
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Favorite Quote:
You should try everything in life, except incest and barn-dancing.

I’m sorry to say it, but scrolling through this category makes me a little ashamed of being a teenager.

By the looks of things, most of us are intent on gabbling on about the news that (shock-horror) smoking, drinking and drugs can shorten your life-span. As if we haven’t been told enough already. Now, I’m not advocating a life that revolves around the next fix, cig, or flagon - but let’s at least enjoy ourselves. Without these three deadly sins, where would we be?

Where would art, music and our beloved literature be without drugs? How could the artist, musician or novelist survive without the odd hasty cigarette clenched between their troubled lips? Where would the weekends of stumbling, spewing and stupidity be without the litres of white cider and mysterious mixed spirits?

If we are all as clever as we would like to think, why is it that we still torture our bodies with these fatal excesses?

The answer is fun - doing stuff for the pure hell of it - it’s supposed to be what we (teenagers) live for. Now is the time to feast on rebellion, however petty, and believe ourselves to be invincible. So why waste it preaching to the unconvertible, when there’s plenty of sensible heads on aging shoulders to do that for us?

Let’s stop patronising each other, and just enjoy surviving. After all, good health is merely the slowest rate at which we can die!

The author's comments:
I know bad ratings are going to be inevitable (if anyone even reads this) but I hope that if you actually do give it a glance, you'll be able to see where I'm coming from. I understand the terrible affects that drink and drugs can have on our lives - but let's not forget the unforgettable and inspirational moments that they can provide...

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nhklugvou said...
on Mar. 28 2016 at 6:22 pm
Patronising wasn't the right word to use in your second to last sentence. Patronizing means to sugar coat something, to avoid the obvious flaws for the sake of another person. "Well, your party wasn't that bad!" "Don't patronize me"

on Nov. 4 2015 at 10:08 am
MadisonCook BRONZE, Plaquemine, Louisiana
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I completely agree with your point of view and I enjoyed reading this article because not many people have this point of view on topics like this. You really made people think when you talked about artist and musicians because lots of people don’t even think about where art and music would be without drugs, alcohol, and and smoking.

on Feb. 20 2015 at 9:44 pm
JesusandHisLawyers SILVER, Austin, Texas
7 articles 0 photos 99 comments

Favorite Quote:
"who the fuck has a favorite personal quote what does that even mean" - me, just now.

Yep, people have always done drugs and people will always done drugs. The reality is most people you know will do drugs or have done drugs at some point in their life, and they'll be fine. ANYTHING is a problem in excess, like, literally anything. Who cares if someone smokes a joint once in a while?

on Jan. 23 2014 at 1:21 am
Mister_J PLATINUM, Colorado Springs, Colorado
42 articles 3 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Captain, I wish to report a mutiny. I can name fingers and point names." - Captain Jack Sparrow

I disagree. All these things, drugs, alcohol, smoking, will eventually degrade your brain into nothing if used in excess. So what can you write if you have no brain?

on Jan. 6 2014 at 2:48 pm
Ms.Alice BRONZE, Barrie, Other
1 article 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
Resistance- because if we fight we might lose; but if we don't fight we've already lost.

Cannot express enough how much i agree with you. You see the problem with drugs is not the drugs themselves, but the people who take them. The same goes for alchohal. The answer to problems caused by these things isn't baby proofing the world against them but preparing and educating the people. And you know what? Things happen. Someone gets hurt? Well they learned their lesson. Of course no one likes the conseqeunces but the answer isn't stopping people from experiencing the conseqences but knowing their limits and when fun becomes a little too dangerous.

on Jul. 13 2013 at 4:12 pm
Airicorn BRONZE, Estacada, Oregon
4 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I don't care if you're black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you. Simple as that.” -Eminem

simply put: you're awesome. I agree completely. I find it amusing that people even bother to comment with "drugs are bad" ...clearly none of us are going to listen.

Bones96 BRONZE said...
on May. 30 2013 at 11:54 am
Bones96 BRONZE, Charlotte, North Carolina
2 articles 0 photos 108 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about finding yourself it's about creating yourself-

As not only a writer but also an artist and future scientist I disagree completely. Life isn't always about having fun sometimes you have to wake to reality. Sure being a teenager isn't all work and no play, it's about figuring out who we are, who we want to be. Maybe we'll change our minds later but that's then. Science isn't making life boring if you say that then you don't know what real science is. Because science is about reasearch, it's about learning and exploring the world around us and within us. I will also add that scientific reasearch has been done and adolecents who drink and do drugs are often less happy then adolecents who don't drink or do drugs.   

AriShine GOLD said...
on May. 7 2013 at 7:46 pm
AriShine GOLD, Norcross, Georgia
13 articles 0 photos 130 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one." -Abraham Lincoln

You have a good point.

on May. 6 2013 at 11:58 pm
ChickenLegHouse BRONZE, Brighton, Michigan
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Drugs don't kill anymore than a weapon does. The people who choose to use them do.

justin_0711 said...
on Feb. 25 2013 at 3:30 pm
Good story

on Jul. 23 2012 at 4:44 pm
Francesca.L. BRONZE, Silver Spring, Maryland
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments
I'm really glad someone has presented this point of view. Fun isn't the end of the world.

AriShine GOLD said...
on Jul. 21 2012 at 4:10 pm
AriShine GOLD, Norcross, Georgia
13 articles 0 photos 130 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Whatever you are, be a good one." -Abraham Lincoln

Yes, drugs influence art, but really, the world would be a MUCH better place if drugs didn't exist. Anyone who says otherwise is crazy. You can't just accept that people are destroying their lives (and the lives of people around them) like this. Drugs kill, and it is not okay. I would gladly give up drug-related art if it meant banishing drugs from the earth.

bluhs said...
on Jul. 18 2012 at 9:17 am
bluhs, E, Alabama
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I 100% agree with you, ~_-Clarson-_~.

on Jul. 5 2012 at 8:48 pm
TheSihlouettedMan BRONZE, Hinckley, Ohio
2 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"There is something more to the knowledge that allows us to see. Some rely on logic to be their eyes. Others believe they know what logic is. But to be completely faithful in logic, you must someday realize that it points to the incomprehensible."

Ugh. I don't even want to say any more to this article. (And since you can't see me I'll tell you I'm rolling my eyes)

on Jun. 7 2012 at 10:54 pm

I don't use drugs, partly because they slow me down. I'm an artist, more of scholar- correct, but drugs slow my brain down. Drinking. Ecetera. I hate being slow.

And bedsides, don't the negatives outweigh the positives? All the side effects.

And we weren't SUPPOSED to live for the sole reason of having fun. 

I don't know about you, but I have stuff planned. I'm going to change things.


Call me wary, but I'm a little to protective of my life to let it be flushed away suddenly by one mistake.

on Apr. 19 2012 at 11:20 pm
i_am_so_very_large_and_towering SILVER, Mililani, Hawaii
5 articles 1 photo 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?"

really interesting point of view. i don't agree, but good article:)

on Feb. 28 2012 at 3:01 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
2 articles 5 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

Since I don't believe in hell, I don't believe in being damned, and even if I did, I don't think alcohol would do it anways. I'm just saying that I'm not going to look up to a person who does drugs, and I don't want to be around people who smoke especially. Forget the influence, it's dangerous to your health.

When I say "bad people" and "good people" I don't mean that people who don't do drugs are angels and people who do drugs are murderers. I mean that I'd rather follow someone who resisted whatever urge they did have to try them than I would someone who tried them and can't escape them. The people who resist aren't always good people, but drugs do change behavior, even in small amounts.

I know that the drugs themselves aren't bad, like you said. But to say that science has ruined life because they found out how harmful this stuff can be? That's a bit far. Behind all this stuff is a bunch of businessmen who are making billions off this industry. They don't care about the people who use it, they don't care if the consumers get hurt from using their product. They get you to try it once and in that instance they gain a bit more control.

I will find better ways of exhilaration than smoking or getting drunk. I won't restrict others from doing it but that doesn't mean I agree with it.

on Feb. 26 2012 at 2:19 pm
samwhoam PLATINUM, Granby, Massachusetts
25 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ah yes, we ignorant and naive people brutalize ourselves with alcohol and pot, becoming addicted to this way of life and promting and follow so called "bad people."

What a very informed and well backed opinion.

Most people that drink and engage in stimulants are not addicts, and lead very normal, "good" lives. Partaking in revelry of this sort does not damn you, only excessive behavior will "ruin" your life. That is with anything though, including working, athletics, or any time consuming, draining activity.

It is not drugs themselves that are "bad" it is the abuse of drugs. Obviously some drugs, the hard ones, are not to be touched for their sheer potency, but light ones, like marijuana do not have to be life ruining.

I personaly do not smoke, and have alcohol only at family events, I make this argument because i believe in the freedom and experience of life. You should not rule somthing out merely because it can turn dangerous, or it has the potential to harm you. Life must be grasped and squeezed to the fullest. Self control plays a role but let it rule you completly and it can become as hazardous as any dweadly intoxicant.

Do not live as a drone, do not let fear keep you from exhilaration. Obviously intoxicants are not the only way to live, and i am not promoting drugs as a complete safe haven, but man must be free, and stimulants and depressants, and the choice to engage in them, is part of that freedom of the human spirit.


on Feb. 25 2012 at 6:52 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
2 articles 5 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

As good as alcohol makes you feel when you drink it, you end up wasting hours for all the crap it did to your body to pass. I'm sure there's more forefilling ways to ecstasy.

on Feb. 25 2012 at 6:50 pm
BlueRain BRONZE, Clarkston, Michigan
2 articles 5 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control."

That is an argument I've heard many times, but I still think it's pretty ridiculous. Humans, or every living thing in general, tests things that they know little or nothing about, because they are curious as to whether it will benefit them or harm them. "Experimentation" is to gain this information.

Now, it is a commonly accepted fact that if you touch fire, it will make you uncomfortable and cause pain if not seriously burning you.  We all know this, and though little kids touch fire sometimes, because they are children and don't know better until they've touched it, they will try it despite the fact that it will not benefit them.

At this day in age, you would be ignorant, if you are not nieve, to try drugs when 1. You should know that they're additive and there are few cases where it's just a "one try" scenario 2. It messes with your senses 3. It damages your health. Plain and simple. 

And it shouldn't matter whether some of the most famous people who did drugs are successful. They're successful because they made a horrible mistake and somehow managed to scrape their way out of it (unlike the majority who don't) and people admired them because they went through a struggle. There are plenty of successful people who never did drugs, and there might be more of them if their spots weren't taken by drugees who got rich through their bad mistakes. Why not look up to the Good people? You have a way better chance!