Mario Berlanga, a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Class of 2016, recently gave this talk before his peers:
In it, he discussed the tragic and horrifying reality of the illegal drug supply chain.
He shares stories about friends and families being kidnapped and murdered by drug cartels. He shares statistics about how many men, women, law enforcement officers, and children will be killed during his short speech.
If it doesn't break your heart, you aren't human.
Berlanga proceeds to discuss the hypocrisy of people who buy sweatshop-free clothing, wear conflict-free diamonds, and eat vegetarian or vegan foods... only to use illegal drugs.
Because the impact you will have on human lives by using illegal drugs is infinitely larger than the one you will have by choosing conflict-free diamonds.
And if you're a vegetarian who uses illegal drugs, it means you care about livestock lives more than human lives.
It means you're okay with funding mass murders carried out by drug cartels. You're okay with gangs forcing children -- children! -- to work for them. To carry their drugs and do their dirty work and kill for them.
In other words: if you do illegal drugs, you are a horrible person.
The obvious exception is using legal marijuana or drugs whose source you know is not a cartel.
Berlanga ends by saying:
I desperately need your held. I know that each one of us can bring about a huge change. Think about this:
Take his words to heart. Make moral decisions.
6/17/2016 08:47:51 am
Love your blog and your information on psychology has made my life better but this
6/17/2016 01:28:26 pm
Well, to be fair, I was relaying the argument Mario Berlanga made in the video -- he is the one made the point that the drug trade is the most profitable crime, therefore drawing the world's worst criminals. And that, by buying their products, you are supporting them -- which seems hypocritical, when you consider that some people who buy sweatshop free, conflict free or vegetarian also use illegal drugs. The parallel isn't perfect, but I think he makes an interesting point.
3/28/2017 01:06:22 pm
Through scientific research, much more is now known about how exactly drugs work in the brain, and we also know that drug addiction treatments can be successful in offering help for addiction. With a better understanding of addiction and drug abuse, it is hoped that better addiction treatment programs can be designed.
3/28/2017 01:54:24 pm
I often found myself wondering why so many people relapsed into their old habits not long after having received drug addiction treatment. In the beginning I was prone to believe that it was the norm and that it was the natural process of the treatment cycle, this however was while I myself was still a junkie.
9/10/2019 09:22:21 am
Not to debate the morality of hurting yourself through drug addiction, that’s a different topic, but many addicts take prescription pills which doesn’t help drug cartels or with the case of weed buy from people getting it from legal states
2/28/2023 12:32:18 am
I'm a vegetarian, and I agree with this. Anyone who makes use of any drugs is indeed a hypocrite.
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