It seems like everywhere, addicts in lands once considered only “exotic” have segments of their population decrying use of, “The Most Dangerous Drug In The World.” Yaba in East Asia, Krokodil in Russia, Bath Salts in the U.S., and in Scopolamine Columbia. Today, the term, “expat” has to be expanded to include those who travel for the primary purpose of sex, drugs, thrill seeking, and perhaps more positively, Eco-pats.
Today we know why people abuse substances and become addicted to behavioral addictions like gambling, self-mutilation, and demoralizing (rather than nurturing) sex. We also know why governments restrict the use of some drugs while turning a blind eye or even importing others… as the CIA did here in the United States in the early 80s. People like Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Judith Herman, and Professor Noam Chomsky (and a host of others) layout in depth the answers to these questions. Essentially the purpose is to fulfill Aldous Huxley’s vision of the “Brave New World.”
As a black person… a person of color, or even just a person of “awareness”, should you follow behind people seeking to satiate such goals and desires? Do you really believe that traveling next to a gambler, checking in next door to a sexpat, and sleeping in the hotel owned by the general who controls that country’s drug trade is a good idea?
An old veteran friend of mine recently reminded me that even back in the 60s, Thailand and Korea were regarded as places where you could get anything… except the real thing.
If you KNOW you crave “self-soothing” via one of these addictive-abusive patterns, is it better to travel to a country where you can drink your fill of the pattern and hope to gain some insight by bottoming out… or is it better to really find a balm that will nourish what really ails you? The choice is yours… but if you’re one of the few lucky enough to travel, it’s far, far wiser to seek out nurturing… people and green places that offer you the best nourishment for stress and the best provider for future happiness?