The Absurdity of Outlawing Nature

In this country and many others, it can be illegal to grow, possess, or ingest things like marijuana, Psilocybin mushrooms, and peyote — even though they’re all naturally occurring phenomena. How you can logically outlaw nature I don’t quite understand. Could a sunset or the tide be made illegal? How can something natural possibly be “bad” for you?

Of course, these things aren’t inherently “bad” for you, and that’s not why they’re outlawed. The reason they’re illegal is because they’re bad for “The System” — in our case, capitalism (which, by the way, is not natural and is bad for nature and, therefore, us). Like any effective system, capitalism is self-perpetuating, which means it must weed out (pun intended) marijuana and other elements that pose a threat to it.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist who believes there are self-aware, conscious forces trying to keep the masses down — just as I’m not sure I believe Nature/The Universe/God/Infinite Intelligence/Whatever-You-Want-To-Call-It is a conscious entity with an agenda. In both cases, I believe they just are.

But just as a gene or a meme with a track record of success tends to possess the characteristics for self-preservation, so do I believe that a System, such as capitalism, that has (so far) survived centuries does so because it necessarily keeps threats to its existence at bay.

And these magical plants are, indeed, grave threats, since they strengthen our connection to nature and spirituality and the Big Picture of life, thereby lifting the veil from the illusion that capitalism or any other man-made — and, thus, inferior — system has constructed for us.

“Good” and “bad”, “right” and “wrong” — how to qualify these objectively can be difficult. I operate by the philosophy that nature and anything natural is probably “good”, and artificiality and anything unnatural is probably “bad”. Then the questions only become what is natural and what isn’t.