CBD is OK but THC is not ?? The Olympic Issue and a new notion of Radical Sports

For the first time in the Olympics 125-year modern history, elite athletes including Megan Rapinoe are being open about their use of cannabis products to prepare them for the world’s biggest stage in sports.
— Read on www.forbes.com/sites/ajherrington/2021/07/21/cannabis-takes-the-world-stage-at-the-tokyo-olympics/

—–  my opinion Of ejecting athletes because they test positive for marijuana while others involved can openly tout CBT as helpful to athletes: ridiculous. 

But then, I also have a very radical idea about substances and sports.

I think that the very idea of sports is shaded with an idea that there is A pure human being, a “natural” human being, and Sports Is really always supposed to be testing these “natural human beings” against each other.

OK. That’s cool. I like that.

However, I also realize that there is no such thing as a “natural human being”, and that what we are considering and what we “naturally” think is a natural human being is really just an ideal. I’m fairly positive that everyone who does sports is doing all sorts of nutritional supplements that are considered natural to the human body.

I would have to ask if alcohol is natural to the human body. Then I would also have to ask that the timeframe that it takes for a substance to be undetectable in the human body – does that not then count as a unnatural, or a performance-enhancing drug?

The specificities and vagueness that the science of sports medicine relies upon is just too vast and argumentative to go into here. I’m just throwing around some questions.

Radical sports

My radical, and some might say ridiculous, idea is that we allow people to do whatever they want to do to enhance their performance in sports competition.

I say that we keep the current sports paradigm that we have as All Natural. We keep all the debates, we keep all the sports medicine, we keep all the tests, and we keep the appreciation of a sort of pure competition of human beings that are not using performance-enhancing substances, However vague and arbitrarily defined that category may be. let’s just continue to have sports that follows those ideals.

Then also let’s have another sports area where people can do whatever the hell they want to do to enhance their performance. Allow for legal stipulations for these athletes. A contract of sorts that protects people who develop performance-enhancing drugs or technology from liability. These athletes consent to an understanding that what they might be involved with is dangerous to others and to themselves. The athlete takes full responsibility for whatever injuries may occur to their own body or in interaction with other bodies that are involved with the same thing.

I think it would be incredibly cool to see a bunch of football players that are all using the latest technology and performance Enhancing drugs.

And by the way, I’m not using any irony here. I really do think this is a cool idea.

Runners. Hockey players. Bike riders. Weightlifters.

Think about the world records that would be broken for human ability.

And

Think about how the bodies would be built up to new strengths and dynamics.

And then also think about all the bodies that would be broken. Why not?

Think about how the very idea of ethics would be challenged and shaped in a new ways, perhaps to make the human species even stronger and what we understand it is to be human.

And

Think of people having heart attack right after they ran a mile in 2 1/2 minutes.

Think about hockey players  and football players who literally crush one another. Literally begin to physically damage other peoples bodies and their own. or maybe not. And people would be watching this live.

I’m not saying that I would enjoy it, but I bet people would enjoy it, and I would surely be interested in hearing about the wild and crazy stuff that would be happening in sports around the “sky’s the limit” use of technology and substances.

Civilized

Im sure they will be all sorts of outcry about how it’s not civilized and that would be returning to gladiator games and whatever.

Well get into all sorts of conversation about ethics and morality and civilization.

I’m fairly certain that human beings like to think ethically. And they they like to impose their ethics across everyone else’s experience.

Sad really. good yes. But also really sad.



The Nature of Evil: Humans, Coronavirus and Addiction

Rolling around lately in my mind has been strange juxtapositionings of ethical dynamics.

This started because I began to ponder statistics of human deaths. And then pondering the emotional response to the coronavirus thing, an interesting situation presents itself.

Let me see if I can spell it out in a simple way without getting too long in the post.

Recently I posted a few statistics about other types of deaths that occur in our day. What strikes me about comparing the number of deaths for any particular topic is that they are all relatively similar, at least, similar in regard to that really only a small fraction of people actually die while the overwhelming majority of people actually live.

So I had to keep present in my mind a certain kind of ethics in thinking about these human beings. While I was pondering these kind of abstract intellectual numbers I kept having to remind myself that I’m supposed to be feeling bad because people are dying. I had to remind myself that I cry almost every day because one person I was very close to died not too long ago– but not from coronavirus.

Nevertheless. Let’s just ponder a few large categories of major killers in our global society. Cancer; murder; drugs. Let’s do drugs — the category. Lol.

Those are the categories I considered to compare to coronavirus. And I think I conveyed in another post that I talked to a doctor friend of mine about statistics having to do with these categories and coronavirus, and he quickly pointed out at least so far as the drug overdoses that drugs involve a choice where as coronavirus doesn’t have anything to do with choice except that we can try to take precaution so we don’t get it.

This struck me as particularly insensitive, ignorant (coming from a doctor just goes to show that a medical degree does not necessarily denote great intelligence) and basically judgemental about the people who die from drug overdose.

And this continuing to be rolling around in my head, I was struck by the contrast in peoples attitudes towards people that are dying from coronavirus.

In short, people who die from drug addiction are blamed and are viewed as bad people. Even though people are getting more intelligent and empathetic about drugs and addiction and substance use disorders, I would have to say that the overwhelming majority of people are very ignorant and self-righteous about alcoholism and drug addiction and view people that have such a problem as somehow morally compromised if not bankrupt.

Whereas people that die from coronavirus are not viewed as bad people.

And this was still rolling around together in my mind when it dawned on me that the ethics really falls into that something which is completely random, e.g. the coronavirus which comes up utterly because of an act of nature, is really having nothing to do with any sort of blame that we can place on humans except that we were doing human things– We view the deaths and human toll that occurs because of this random act of nature containing more “ethical energy”. And I mean this in the sense that if I am not sad or disturbed or worried about the great potential for human deaths that are occurring because of coronavirus then people judge me as unethical and somehow inhuman.

Even as the death toll presently may be less than the death toll that is taking place during the same time of people that overdose from drugs.

And the tragedy of people dying from something that is pretty much human created, which is to say, that drug addiction is really created because human beings synthesized distillates which affect human beings more radically than their natural state within plants, but as well with synthesized and created drugs from scratch that are more dangerous and ugly and deadly for human beings then anything we could find the natural sphere.

Yet if I’m not concerned about all these people dying from drug overdose, let alone the social devastation it is indeed creating everywhere, and from being a drug addict, I am not ethically condemned in general even though more people overall are dying from this human made problem.

It seems to me that peoples’ ethical value placed upon human beings is greater than when it’s something natural or something that arises completely innocent of human activity. Whereas if human beings are involved in the tragedy, then as a society we don’t care as much.

That strikes me as contradictory and quite ironic:


This odd ethical behavior reminds me of a book I started to read which told of how particularly terrible acts of nature used to be considered evil, where as only recently, say since the beginning of the 20thcentury , we refer the name of evil to only what human beings do.



STATS and FACTS:

you compare.

Opioid deaths in United States.

Coronavirus Deaths worldwide