Take a moment to think of all the people you know. Think about their habits, how they live and what they settle for in life. Have you noticed that the really heavy pot smokers, the ones who smoke every single day, don’t really have a whole lot?
These are the people who have been afflicted with the pot perception. The pot perception is a distorted view of the world and how things work. It is a warped rationalization that allows these people to settle for less. These are the people who base the type of job they hold on avoiding a drug test. I know many of these people. They are not bad people, they are stricken with failure because of their affliction. Deep down inside, they are all the same.
Given the option, nobody fails on purpose. Choosing failure is a miserable state of existence that somehow starts without conscious volition. This type of failure is not the lack of financial means or an unsuccessful business venture. It is much more than that. It is living defeated in every sense of the word.
Recreational marijuana smokers who are avid daily users tend to adopt the pot perception, unconsciously choosing this type of failure to shape their lives. This failure is ambiguous, often lacking clear parameters. Unfortunately, that makes it no less significant in terms of measurable progress. People start out with ambitions. They look at the world around them, examine their environment, and inevitably determine how they want their future to look. This self-assessment of lifestyle and circumstances begins early, often in the subconscious mind. Much of it boils down to simple psychology. For instance, people who grow up in poverty often aim to achieve a more fruitful lifestyle. Those who grow up in broken homes may choose to marry for life or not at all. The end result is a betterment, which ultimately becomes the measure of success.
The pot perception is one of the fundamental pillars that benchmark this failure. It is an attitude and a perception that shapes a lifestyle. This lifestyle is void of the constant progress and persistence that propagates success. That’s not to say that there is never any type of achievement. However, the eminent fulfillment that accompanies maturation and triumphant accomplishment is certainly absent. The sad thing: these daily stoners don’t realize it is missing.
Heavy, daily marijuana use deteriorates brain function, especially when started at an early age. Studies conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information reveal that heavy marijuana use during adolescence diminishes neural connectivity in key areas of the brain. These regions are specifically responsible for alertness, self-consciousness, memory and learning. The research identified a strong correlation between heavy, long-term marijuana use and a steady decline in intelligence quotient (IQ). The NCBI also conducted a 38-year study in which the results yielded the hazardous neurotoxic effects of avid daily marijuana use. Furthermore, cessation and abstinence did not fully restore cognitive function; people are actually smoking themselves stupid.
It starts out harmless enough, a little partying here and there. Most people grow out of it, or at least keep it in check as they move on with their lives. Others use more and more until they have built their lives around their daily habits. Those are the people with the pot perception.
They can’t start their day until they smoke pot. When they get paid, the best part of their paycheck goes to fund their habit before anything else is handled. These are the people who view spending time with the family as a chore because they can’t do what they want to. These aren’t stoned college kids, these are adults with no direction who think they’ve got it together.
Many of these individuals are parents. As good as their heart may be, they are inherently irresponsible, and more selfish than they realize. Instead of embracing parenthood, they take time away from their children, stealing away as often as possible to burn down. These parents don’t chaperone field trips or host class parties. The kids are often left to their own devices. There is always some type of drama in their lives; there is never enough money to pay the bills. These families are severely dysfunctional. As the children grow, they are slowly introduced to marijuana as a way of life. They can’t imagine that their parents would ever steer them toward failure, but they have. These kids have been put on a turbulent road to hardship, doomed to repeat their parents’ mistakes.
They will never change, and they will never have anything. Before long, a whole new generation of addicts has come of age. I know families like this. It makes me angry that these children have been done such an injustice and nobody sees it.
There are young men in their mid-20s, in the prime of their youth. They are smart, have big hearts and great potential. Unfortunately, they have been afflicted with the pot perception. These guys work menial jobs; they don’t have to quit smoking pot, not even for a little while. They have no plans for college, or starting a business, and there are certainly no sports to speak of. They have no credit, no savings and no plans for the future. They have a hard time keeping gas in their car, but they always have something to smoke. These are good kids who have a bright future. Instead, there isn’t much for them to look forward to because they were raised by parents who passed on the affliction.
Smoking pot causes the brain to release dopamine. That’s what creates the euphoric high and makes people feel good. The problem: heavy, long-term marijuana use adversely affects the part of the brain that is responsible for dopamine production. Unfortunately, this is the part of the brain that drives reward-motivated behaviors and emotional responses. It is responsible for the goal setting and achievement process. As it becomes damaged, people lose the drive to succeed. They lose the motivation to really seize the day and do great things. Instead, they are driven to get stoned; that’s what makes them feel good. It calls to them.
Failure is defined as a lack of success. Success, for the purposes of this writing, is only defined as a betterment. Those impaired with the pot perception will never be better. They will never change, and their circumstances will never improve. They have chosen failure and we must accept them as afflicted.