ubu wrote:i think alcohol is the most destructive drug on the playa and alcohol was probably directly involved in the unneccessary deaths out there, but who am i to tell you what to do on or off the playa. at your own risk as always.
I've seen people do stupid shit on the playa on a variety of drugs. Picking out alcohol as the likely reason for the accidents on the playa with, oh, nothing to back it up just sounds like the tail end of a rant that you've already had.
It's as if saying that psychedelics and entheogens are all much better because they open up your mind while alcohol just closes it down. I'll admit that alcohol has its own problems, but I get tired of my friends telling me that the answer is in a pill or a plant.
I've done my own share of drugs and have given them up years ago. The same hypocrisy that so-called psychedelic gypsies rant against by doing non-traditional drugs is prevalent in drug culture as well. People are running into their own version of reality while denying the possibility of actually having valid spiritual experiences on their own.
As for safety on the playa, I think that getting fucked up on any drug can pose a problem and that the user needs to really know himself or herself. Time and time again, I've run into people who wandered out into the playa, tripping their face off, and they didn't bring any food, water, goggles, dust mask or anything. We had to practically drag one idiot back to safety.
Personally, i'm just tired of the whole "go to the desert and get fucked up" mentality. It can blur the already hazy lines into an impressionist painting, but it can also hold you back from realizing that, yes, this is actually happening.