Meanwhile, I bought a book from TradeMe. It's called The Great Brain Robbery, and is essentially a book about teenagers and drugs, written from the perspective that drugs are a bad thing, and giving advice to both parents and young people on the hazards of drug use and ways of staying 'clean.'
Well, for a start, Tom Scott is one of the writers. I've always thought he was a smart cookie, able to see through a lot of bullshit and present a well-thought-out perspective. I don't necessarily agree with him, but I appreciate his viewpoint. Also, I know that in a lot of cases with my personal hobby horse, I'm preaching to the converted. This makes it very difficult for me to learn what The Other Side thinks, the way they argue, and what kind of information they're basing their opinions on.
I figure that if I'm going to come up with a well-rounded argument with which to attempt to change people's attitudes, I need to know what sort of things I'll be arguing against. There's a good chance there'll be lots of things I haven't thought of, and if I'm going to be realistic, I have to face the fact that the vast majority of people are on The Other Side - so I need to respect that viewpoint. In order to respect it, I have to know it, right? And I have absolutely no doubt that folks who are anti drug use have some very good, logical reasons for feeling that way.
Don't worry, I'm not about to roll over on this one. But the more information I have, the better I'll do in my
It was brought home to me yesterday in My Very First Tutorial. There were 12 people there, and when we were each asked to identify an issue that we felt was a social issue in need of policy, four other people identified various aspects of drug and alcohol abuse as an issue of interest to them, every single one of them in the negative. I felt it prudent not to start that debate at the very first tutorial, so I picked the level of interference by government in people's personal lives and the legislation of morality as my issue. Heh. Some of the younger people looked a bit confused at that, but interestingly, the tutor kept coming back to it as an example. Hmm..
It was also interesting the way everyone arranged themselves around the table, which was set out in a U shape. The four adult students all came in at random times but ended up sitting along one side, the furthest from the door. The young white people all ended up sitting with their backs to the door along the other side, and the three Pacific Island students all sat together at the end of the U.
I am curious to see if this is a repeating pattern. And if it is, whether I'll have the balls to mess with it by sitting in a different place each week.
Today, my heart goes out to xhile and his family. *much love*
Somebody please stop the large and pompously-arranged words from running through my brain. I need some frivolity catalysts. Please provide them kthxbye..