We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Obviously, the writer knows little or nothing of opium.
I do. Having found an 8-oz bottle of tincture of opium in a house I bought, I know very much about it — and about myself.
Opium is tremendously addicting, of course. But its power is sublime. Sleep is a true pleasure, with vivid dreams, and exquisite relaxation. Sex is intense and wonderful. Alcohol is only minor in its effect. It is not necessary; opium is.
Withdrawal is stupendously horrific. I would wake up sweating, asking myself, "Is it worth it?!?" The answer was always the same: Yes and No. Always, if the supply was assured. But NEVER, if the supply was cut off!
When I served in Viet Nam in the 60's, I met a Thai taxi driver who told me, "Use opium all you want, but never take it to feel better." Good advice; but impossible to follow. Fortunaely, I never took him up on his offers of opium at the time. I would have been lost.
I have been opium-free for more than twenty years now. But it still has a profound effect on me. Even the mention of opium creates an irresistable craving.
It is good that drugs like opium are illegal, otherwise I would be a daily consumer. There is no doubt. In all other areas of my life, I have better will power than most. But not with opium. And many millions of opium addicts would agree.
Dr. Everett V. Scott