Before you read: After some supportive tweets, I’ve decided to go ahead and publish this lovely little post. It was an incredibly hard decision to make because I, in no way, want to offend my wonderful bloggie readers. However this topic seems to be appearing over and over again in my life, and seeing as this blog is a way to document my life, it kind of made sense to share. So that being said, family and friends, you have fair warning. Read no further, if you prefer not.
Part of living life the liberal arts way is questioning the things that surround us. Instead of going with what we may feel is the “obvious” answer, we should instead look at the issue from all sides—playing devil’s advocate with ourselves. Then, after we’ve looked at the issue from all sides, we should analyze and reflect on why we believe that our side is the “right” side.
Thanks to this lovely philosophy that will forever be engrained in my head thanks to BC’s lovely PDP program, I’ve begun to really delve deeper into why I believe the things that I believe.
In light of recent allegations against Miss Miley Cyrus (including her wonderfully handled stance on the subject) and the opening of two hookah bars in both my hometown and college town, the topic that I have been tossing around in the ole’ noggin lately is that of salvia and hookah bars.
I’m not hiding the fact that I’m a self-proclaimed lover of all things Weeds, minus you know, the weed. So the idealized and media-strewed stance that I’ve been consciously and subconsciously fed, may play a bit into my more liberal view on the subject.
Again, this is not a debate about marijuana—that is another post entirely, but rather one about the legal (if you’re of age) usage of salvia and hookah bars.
Knowing full well that smoking any substance is not good for anyone, I support the decision of any 18 (or older) year old to have the right to freely use/visit either. To me, I see nothing wrong in the actions of Miley Cyrus (barring her decision to allow someone to film her partaking—videos like these and the revelation of youths’ acts on social media sites are one of the biggest cons in the technology world today) and her usage of salvia. She is of age, can make decisions like these on her own, and has the same rights of any other 18 (or older) year old out there.
Same goes for attendance at hookah bars. When facilitated in a safe and managed way, the usage of hookah at hookah bars, is just fine. To me.
From the glamour that is fed to me via Weeds and my strange fascination with all of it, I take a more curious, investigative, experimental stance on the issue. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a curiosity killed the cat, kind of thing.
I know where I stand, but where do you?? I want to know how you feel about it and why! Maybe, just maybe, you’ll change my mind!
So, now it’s your turn to sound off on the topics above: from salvia to hookah bars, even to the actions of Miley Cyrus. Just please remember to be nice! We all have opinions and are all just as equally entitled to have them. So let’s hear it—how do you feel?
This is Part 1 of a two-part post. Check back for Part 2 tomorrow!