Re: Marijuana use in Africa?

J. Moore (
Fri, 7 Apr 95 11:21:00 -0500

Pe> other cultures. I think there is a difference between"use" and "abuse",
Pe> despite the fact that these particular words have
Pe> proven to be quite limiting, and misleading as pertains to what I was
Pe> saying. Someone who ingests peyote to seek guidance and direction for
Pe> their life is to me not the same as someone who does so with
Pe> anti-societal or "party" type intentions. I'm not saying one
Pe> approach is necessarily better than the other, only that they
Pe> are different. I chose these words because I thought that their
Pe> common (though rather clinical) use in our language would get my meaning
Pe> across more generally and clearly.

If you're really trying not to say that one is better than the other,
you really should come up with a different word than "abuse". The
connotation of "bad" with "abuse" is inescapable; you just can't perform
a "Humpty-Dumpty" with it: words do not mean "just exactly what I say"
they do, no matter how hard you may try to get that idea across.

Jim Moore (

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