BJ'S BLOG 10/10/13 "People on Drugs"
“Are you on drugs?”
The question has become a go-to joke that we use, whenever a person says something dumb, or acts slightly strange in a harmless way.
In the real world, people on drugs are capable of behavior that ranges from idiotic to horrifying. They abandon children; jump off bridges; or lead the authorities on a chase, only to be shot and killed by police after inexplicably trying to drive into a government building.
The human brain is a delicate piece of equipment. A hundred outside influences can affect the workings of the brain, and a hundred defects are hiding inside our grey matter, just waiting to become a serious problem.
Some people need medication; others need to stay away from chemical alteration of any kind. An absence of drugs in one person can have just as many ill effects as the presence of drugs can for someone else. It’s enough to drive you insane, and that’s not a joke.
Maybe someday, the artificial intelligence in our phones will be able to read our body chemistry at the start of each day, and help us adjust as necessary. The question could become less of a joke, and more like routine maintenance:
“Are you on drugs? Should you be?”
It sure beats having to answer all the questions that follow a tragic, unexplainable event.