if capitalism is so voluntary, why does america have to keep using the cia to make sure other countries keep it?
If the free market naturally corrects problems, why do we have to give subsidies to large business interests and bail out banks?
If capitalism ensures that those that work the hardest make the most money, why doesn’t a coal miner make as much as a CEO?
This is why I find the idea of worrying that I’ll get ‘dependent’ almost laughable - of course I’ll be constantly dependent, I’m constantly in pain.
I wish doctors understood this.
I’m more physically dependent on my seizure meds than people on opiates are to those meds, and nobody calls it an addiction, even though unlike most people’s response to opiate withdrawal, seizure med withdrawal CAN KILL YOU.
Physical dependence and addiction are two different things. Get it straight. The fear of everyone getting addicted to opiates if they take them for pain relief is completely unfounded by science. It happens but not frequently compared to people who don’t get addicted. And most of this is based in fear and hatred of addicts, and the drug war, rather than concern for anyone’s safety.
If you were concerned for people’s safety you’d give them opiates. They are the safest of the long-term painkillers — anticonvulsants, NSAIDS, and steroids all have much more dangerous side-effects. And untreated pain is not just severely uncomfortable, it’s also dangerous to the body’s ability to heal from just about anything medically, and puts the body under such strain that you become sicker and in more danger of being sick than you would if your pain is treated. So even if treating the sensations of pain was some kind of frivolous thing — which it isn’t — treating the effects of pain on the body, is nowhere near frivolous.
Not to mention, if safety were the actual concern, they would stop formulating opiates with acetominophen for no medical reason in a deliberate attempt to harm and eventually kill addicts. This policy also ends up injuring many “legitimate” users even when we strictly adhere to prescribed dosages, but I will never blame addicts for the government and healthcare institutions deciding that the best way to handle addiction is to murder the people who suffer from it.
I find it weird that every time people personify the Seven Deadly Sins, they’ll make six of them portray the doer (someone who IS angry, someone who IS slothful, etc), but then they go to Lust and portray them as object being acted upon (someone OTHER PEOPLE would lust after).
Like honestly it would be more accurate to make them some scruffy white dude with a fedora than a sexy girl with curves.
psa: if someone is
- a woman, or someone who’s generally perceived as female and treated accordingly
- a person with disabilities that they spent a significant part of their lives, especially in childhood and adolescence, getting treatment/therapy for
just assume that they have been effectively brainwashed into believing that it’s bad or wrong or selfish for them to contradict others, assert boundaries, or say no
if they do make some firm statement of preference, do not press and pry and pick away at it ‘cause you think they’ll be able to stick to it if they’re really really sincere and not just playing games
understand that this is not an equal power dynamic