To set the record straight: I did not personally see this ad, but I saw an article that posted a picture of this ad.
I know it’s not a great picture, so for those of you who can’t make out what this poster says, I’ll give the basics:
“Don’t be ashamed you are using, be empowered that you are using safely”
Fyi- the thing they are talking about is heroin. You should be empowered because you are using heroin safely.
You should be empowered because you are using heroin safely?
You should be EMPOWERED because you are using heroin safely???
Ok- let’s think about all the strives we’ve made:
- Math shouldn’t have correct answers because it’s unfair to people who don’t know them
- Dr. Suess is bad
- We can no longer say minority shareholder
- Taking heroin is OK as long as you take it with a friend and you take turns
You can clearly see how we’ve made things much better for everyone.
I am so proud that we’ve established these things in the new century.
Next time you send out prayers, next time you write a righteous post about how bad politicians are, next time you argue with someone over the use of a word, here’s a gentle reminder of you much you’ve helped the youth of today: we banned nursery rhymes and made it so real estate agents can’t say master suite…
WE ARE THE PROBLEM
Go look at yourself in the mirror, or take a selfie, and admit that you have contributed to screwing up the youth of this country.
When did we go from “drugs are bad and you should avoid them to “start with a small dose and go slowly”?
START WITH A SMALL DOSE AND GO SLOWLY?
START WITH A SMALL DOSE AND GO SLOWLY??
HAVE NALOXENE ON HAND?
TEST YOUR DRUGS?
HAVE WE JUST TOLD KIDS IT’S Ok TO TAKE HEROIN AS LONG AS YOU TEST IT AND HAVE A DRUG BUDDY?
CONGRATULATIONS. WE HAVE FAILED THE YOUTH OF AMERICA.
Next time you go to complain about what someone else is or isn’t doing, take a good hard look at what YOU are doing to help empower kids and young adults the RIGHT way. Make sure the things you are doing actually matter in making strong, confident youth.
We are the problem. Say it. I dare you to take blame and responsibility for the ongoing crisis in the world. It’s is only when we all admit that we are individually failing to collectively help our children will we begin to solve the many problems that exist.
I, LA, have failed the youth of America by not having a stronger voice in what kids are learning today, and by allowing the agenda to shift to ridiculousness, and still not helping kids be confident and empowered from the inside, where it matters.
If you think that the spirit of the ad is good, that the point should be to save lives, then I suggest we consider the following:
- If you are going to text and drive, make sure you reduce your speed to 25 mph
- If you are going to drive after you’ve drank or used drugs, make sure you have a passenger with you so that they can wake you up
- If you are going to physically abuse someone, start small
If you think an addict is going to remember to take drugs with a buddy, or start small, or any of these things, give me a call- I have a nice bridge to sell you… This will not save anyone. It is a license to a death sentence.
We ask for laws…we enact laws…we say things are illegal….and then we manage to justify them anyway…that’s our legacy…hypocrisy and taking the easy way out.
Rant NOT over…