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Genius vs. Drug Addict
Sigmund Freud The father of Psychoanalysis. In English, The inventor of talk therapy, dream interpretation, etc. The man who got into people's heads for possibly the first time in history; who every person who heads off to college with their Psychology Majors now strives to (but fails) to be as smart as. He understood the mind, he was able to get into these almost "misunderstood beings" (as mental illness was really never looked at too intensly until this point.)
He was an avid Cocaine user. "He was an early advocate of cocaine, used it himself, and touted it to his associates, one of whom demonstrated that it could be used as a local anesthetic"
Death: September 23, 1939
Labeled baisically as the smartest man alive. Father of Modern Physics. Partical Theory, Motion of Molecules, E=MC2, etc. The list goes on, it's Einstein. The man who looked at these theoreis of light, space, time and picked them apart, disected them, proved a better way to explain it. Proved a better wayt o explain the universe as a whole. Even his last name is now a synonym for "genius."
The autopsy of his death showed that his auortic aneurysm was most likely caused by his several years of cocaine use. Traces of LSD and DMT (another psychadelic) were found in his system.
Death: April 18th, 1955
...Now these are only two examples. Yet many (you can even say most) of the greatest Philosophers, Inventors, Geniuses that we as a generation here admire as the greatest, smartest people to ever walk this earth were, in fact, the people that society today would label as "drug addicts." Perhaps in fact the lowest you can label someone, for the labels that go along with this: criminal, scumbag, delinquent.
However these people were nothing of that sort- they were people with a thought, an idea, a dream who turned it into a lifetime of work to create these ideas that would live past their lifetime and carry over into the next. Think about the impact just these two people alone have on the earth (that they left long ago) today. Their ideas, something they created with their minds, turned into what your grandparents, parents, children and even their kids have learned and will always learn until probably the end of time. (Although the future is unknown to all of us)
So what does that say. Why am I typing this.
These two geniuses were metioned in conversation with my fiance, and it surprised me that they were "on drugs." So I did some research.
The articles following these discoveries shocked me. We worshiped these people, we still do. And though most overlook the fact that yes, they used substances, some of these websites shocked me.
"The Straight Dope" (Fighting Ignorance since 1973) is a website that degradingly talks about Sigmund Freud's drug use.
The man who invented Psychology... is being degraded for this.
Are you understanding what I'm saying?
They're not any less brilliant! Just because of drugs, just because of this chemical that they chose to put into their body, they are literally being made fun of. Yet the people who point the finger at these distinguished minds, who looks down on them for their choices.. what do they have to show for their lifetime?
Probably nothing, but they feel better for doing "the right thing."
Who says what's right?
People describe drugs as a mind-altering chemical substance. I am not here condoning drug use in the slightest bit; however, I'm not saying don't. In fact this has nothing to do with anybody reading this, and whether or not they do drugs. And yes, I will be the first to admit that is is possible to go overboard with drug use.
It's just that these outstanding minds of long ago used them to stretch what the human mind can understand- Used them to better their thinking, and create what hasnt been created. And personally, I see nothing wrong with that, but I am outraged at the public's response to it. If they didn't know about the "horrible things they were doing with their lives," well, maybe they should have found out what was actually going on "behind closed doors" before they were recognized as the smartest people to ever live.
So the people who are so deeply distraught and outraged by these facts, well.. maybe you should see a psychiatrist. Or not, because that too was created by a "drug addict."
But until you think of something better then Modern Physics...