I Saw The Best Minds…

The shrinks and the mental health hustlers are whining that they don’t have enough money to treat what they call “substance abuse disorder”, which is psychobabble for choosing destructive, stupid behavior. Why do you think they call it dope? http://levittownnow.com/2017/07/24/opioid-treatment-funds-in-senate-bill-would-fall-far-short-of-needs/

When you are hooked on something, nothing matters except self-satisfaction, whether getting high on drugs, drunk on booze, or even smoking cigarettes. On an episode of Twin Peaks, a guy managed to walk away from the edge of a nuclear blast. He wondered through the New Mexico desert with an unlit cigarette. He asked the first people he came across “got a light? Got a light?” Over and over again.


Without more money, Jennifer Smith, Pennsylvania’s acting secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said druggies will be desperate to support their habit and will end up with a criminal record! I thought that using and possessing drugs was criminal! The drug trade has nothing to do with customers doing dope does it? Maybe this substance disorder is contagious, picked up from exposure from passing drug dealers in public areas.

What’s more, Secretary Smith added, is that this “disorder” creates homelessness. So, according to those on the front lines of the opioid war, if we fork over more money to the official state drug rehab industry, we can prevent homelessness!

Unless you’ve been living on Mars and don’t have satellite transmission, you’ll know that people from all walks of life are doing dope. As Bob Dylan sang “everybody must get stoned!”


How prophetic was beat poet Allen Ginsberg with the opening to his poem Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night.

Back in 1955, when the beat poet wrote Howl, freaky people like Ginsberg were on the fringe of society. The Beat Generation sought meaning from life in an industrialize society but concluded that “society sucked.” Today, this view that because life has no meaning, anything goes and it’s cool to escape this though sex, drugs and rock and roll was celebrated at Woodstock and is becoming the new normal –more mainstream.

Dumping money on a problem doesn’t automatically fix it. More and more money to fight the drug war but the problem appears to be getting worse.  Albert Einstein is said to define insanity as doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.

Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to homelessness, but that’s not the only cause. The economy, driven by progressive social engineering, particularly during FDR’s New Raw Deal, wrought massive homelessness. Decent, working men were heavily taxed and businesses were heavily taxed and regulated. Consequently, men became hobos who hopped trains to look for food and work. Government overreach, for example paying the large farm conglomerates to burn crops to increase prices, favored the fat cats at the expense of the average person, the middle class.

The Great Depression was not just an economic depression; it was a moral depression. Leading up to the depression was a world of gangsters and corrupt politicians.

The opioid epidemic is not just about people doing dope; it’s a moral issue, a result of people looking for meaning in life by trying to escape reality, rather than to deal with it.

Rather than making druggies victims and saying they have a disease, besides just saying “no” to drugs, they should get involved in a 12-step program, which addresses the spiritual/moral part of the problem. Medical doctors and nurses can deal with the medical end of the problem.

Historically, the 12-step program has been very successful. I know of one homeless person in Bucks County, PA who went through a 12-step program as has really gotten his act together.

He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.”
-Psalm 107:14

Howl Do We Get Here?

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night…”

— Allen Ginsberg

Where has this line of thinking found in Ginsberg’s classic beat poem Howl, written in 1955, taken us today?  Beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg, and the beat generation, were searching, pushing the envelope for meaning.  These non conformists raged against materialism and exposed the dark side of the human condition, while escaping through drugs and sexual experimentation.  They challenged tradition.

In a PBS documentary on the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary, Mary was asked if she could relate to the Beatniks.  “No,”  she said.  Mary had a problem that they don’t bathe or work, etc.  The only thing in common she had with them is that she was a rebel, challenging established traditions.

Some ideas of the Beat movement were incorporated into the hippie culture and counterculture movements in the 60’s.   In fact, Allen Ginsberg’s writings became an integral part of the early 60’s hippie culture.   This mushroomed into a purple haze at Woodstock in 1969, which was the epitome of the idea of The Noble Savage, where the restraints of civilized society were severedThis literary stock character, who first appeared in the 17th century, symbolized humanity’s innate goodness — that people are basically good by their own nature.


Although the counter culture addressed some legitimate problems, such as materialism and racism, said evangelist Francis Schaeffer, their so called solutions put them a step lower than the society they challenged.  They seemed to throw out some good things; they threw out the baby with the bath water, when they took a bath.

In the early 70’s, drugs entered the quiet suburbs and soon began to run rampant.  So did the materialism and the racism the beatniks and their successors protested against.  Racism is now in a different form, with those who were made whole during the civil rights movement now made victims. As Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said, when people are not held accountable for their behavior, they become animals.

Divorce became common as did the breakdown of the family.  Today’s sitcoms portray family life as a joke.

Homeless people are much the same as others in today’s society.  People may have a physical house, but is it a home?  It takes more than a house to make a home.

The homeless don’t have all the distractions, the bells and whistles that others have.  Although living in a primitive state, they don’t have to act like savages, which is not noble.  Like the characters in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, many of them have drawn close to help one another.

Being homeless is tough, and some homeless people escape through drugs or alcohol, which does not resolve their problem.  Contrary to the philosophy of the Noble Savage, people do not have an innate goodness.  As the Edward G Robinson character said in the 1973 movie Soylent Green, “people have always been rotten.”   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

The Biblical idea that people are innately deprave is key to the first step in the 12 Step Journey program, which taps into the scriptural source of the original 12 step program started by AA to help people overcome their addictions and better manage their lives.  http://12stepjourney.com/

This 12 step program will help restore people to sanity, so they aren’t destroyed by madness.

Homeless people need to have their physical needs, as well as their spiritual, social needs met.  In lower Bucks County, PA, shelter is the biggest need amongst the homeless.  For the longest time, our country has been helping other countries meet their needs as a result of Christian charity.  But there are many needs for our fellow American’s right here at home.

If you wish to practice Christian charity, please go to our crowdfunding site http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc  You have the option to wait and skip the ad.