Interesting observation

Funnily enough, the most fiercely anti-drugs people I came across there were the Dutch. They didn’t think dope was evil, they just thought that it was pathetic. For them, it was the dull, conversation-killing, boring thing that their parents did, or their parents’ loser friends, sneaking off to their coffee shops of an evening, like dim-witted old soaks heading to the boozer. There’s a lesson in that. I wonder what it could be?

Hugo Rifkind

8 comments on “Interesting observation

  1. conversation-killing?

    Depends on your definition. In my experience dope can create a conversation out of the most mudane topic. Woe betide the clear headed person that has to listen to it though.

  2. I don’t think the analogy works. Alcohol and bars are legal in the UK and quite obviously there are great swathes of the population who find them desirable and non-pathetic.

  3. “of an evening?” Is such expression frequent in English today? In the U.S., while being perfectly
    understandable, it’d be semi-archaic, heard only
    among rural, mostly southern, Scotch-Irish “hill folk.” Personally, I like it.

  4. gene: ‘of an evening’ is thoroughly au courant in British English vernacular. It’s a mild stylistic flourish, perhaps, but not like you suddenly broke out in Chaucerian rhyme.

    And, God, he’s right. Druggies are so boring. Although for sheer please-Jesus-help-me-get-me-the-fuck-out-of-here-right-now nightmares coke fiends are way worse than stoners. But 14 years for peddling dope? I don’t think anyone could reasonably argue that locking a pot dealer up for more than a decade would contribute more to a healthy society than, say, strapping Jacqui Smith to a pole and machine-gunning her way beyond the point at which dental records would suffice to identify the corpse.

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