Friday, July 30, 2010

Example on the radio

TO DO LIST
for Saturday, July 31


1. Set alarm for 8:45 a.m.
2. Hit SNOOZE button one time for a 7 minute delay to the day's events.
3. Stumble out of bed at 8:52 a.m. and make some coffee.
4. While waiting for some hot java goodness to begin your day, turn on the radio.
5. Tune it to 1500 AM.
5.a Yes, there is something called AM.
5.b Yes, there are people up at this time of day.
7. Stay by the radio until 9:00 a.m.
8. Now listen to Example, Lutheran North's anti-drug group, host the Lutheran radio show, Our World His View and discuss the challenges and benefits of avoiding alcohol.
9. Call the show and share your thoughts: 866-423-9578


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Brandt,

I agree with many of your views on how to live life, at least, I appreciate your possessing of a lot of the values I have inferred to factor into your analysis of issues that you blog about. I respect that it seems to be important for you to qualify your judgements on behaviors through references to the Word.

However, what doctrine entitles you to judge others' consumption of seed-bearing plants? I suggest it may cheapen, by slandering, a gift God made to Adam in the Garden of Eden by instructing children to disregard a "promise" God gave to us. What I construe to be a "promise" was God's explicit authorization of our use of plants he personally designed and created. Are there consequences to imposing a contradicting restriction on utilizing a seed-bearing plant, when God clearly gave us the freedom to utilize it?

However, I recognize the above is mainly a definitional argument and twisting a few meanings could supply support for several competing arguments.

More importantly, I absolutely cannot resolve the paradox you have presented with this post. How can you rationalize waking up to a cup of coffee every morning, and then continuing on to lambast "drug" users. Are you aware that it only takes three grams of pure caffeine extract to kill an average-sized man. I would be glad to provide a reference for that statistic if you are interested.

A component of the paradox I see is that I am aware that you include "people who use marijuana" in your definition of "drug users." I prepare and self-administer marihuana extracts that ultimately equate to approximately 1.2 grams of pure THC per day. Would you feel comfortable consuming 1.2 grams of pure caffeine (~ 9-10 cups) in a day, knowing that consuming 3 grams is a threshold that, when met, will very likely end your life? Do you not recognize that you are a just as much or more of a "drug user" than many of the people you criticize? May I, respectfully, suggest it that by your definitions it may be delusional to believe you are not a
"drug addict", when you consume a more dangerous plant extract than I do?

Does the fact that you crave caffeine at the instant you awake not imply an addiction? I certainly don't crave marihuana every morning I wake up. I am a recreational and medical marihuana user. I do not see how your caffeine abuse is in anyway different than me consuming marihuana extract on a daily basis.

Do you, perhaps, believe you are using the caffeine extracted from seed-bearing plants as a "tool" to increase your productivity? Could I then apply the same type of arguments to my usage of a different seed-bearing plant's bounty? [continued]

Anonymous said...

Mr. Brandt,

I agree with many of your views on how to live life, at least, I appreciate your possessing of a lot of the values I have inferred to factor into your analysis of issues that you blog about. I respect that it seems to be important for you to qualify your judgements on behaviors through references to the Word.

However, what doctrine entitles you to judge others' consumption of seed-bearing plants? I suggest it may cheapen, by slandering, a gift God made to Adam in the Garden of Eden by instructing children to disregard a "promise" God gave to us. What I construe to be a "promise" was God's explicit authorization of our use of plants he personally designed and created. Are there consequences to imposing a contradicting restriction on utilizing a seed-bearing plant, when God clearly gave us the freedom to utilize it?

However, I recognize the above is mainly a definitional argument and twisting a few meanings could supply support for several competing arguments.

More importantly, I absolutely cannot resolve the paradox you have presented with this post. How can you rationalize waking up to a cup of coffee every morning, and then continuing on to lambast "drug" users. Are you aware that it only takes three grams of pure caffeine extract to kill an average-sized man. I would be glad to provide a reference for that statistic if you are interested.

A component of the paradox I see is that I am aware that you include "people who use marijuana" in your definition of "drug users." I prepare and self-administer marihuana extracts that ultimately equate to approximately 1.2 grams of pure THC per day. Would you feel comfortable consuming 1.2 grams of pure caffeine (~ 9-10 cups) in a day, knowing that consuming 3 grams is a threshold that, when met, will very likely end your life? Do you not recognize that you are a just as much or more of a "drug user" than many of the people you criticize? May I, respectfully, suggest it that by your definitions it may be delusional to believe you are not a
"drug addict", when you consume a more dangerous plant extract than I do?

Does the fact that you crave caffeine at the instant you awake not imply an addiction? I certainly don't crave marihuana every morning I wake up. I am a recreational and medical marihuana user. I do not see how your caffeine abuse is in anyway different than me consuming marihuana extract on a daily basis.

Do you, perhaps, believe you are using the caffeine extracted from seed-bearing plants as a "tool" to increase your productivity? Could I then apply the same type of arguments to my usage of a different seed-bearing plant's bounty? [continued]

Anonymous said...

Mr. Brandt,

I agree with many of your views on how to live life, at least, I appreciate your possessing of a lot of the values I have inferred to factor into your analysis of issues that you blog about. I respect that it seems to be important for you to qualify your judgements on behaviors through references to the Word.

However, what doctrine entitles you to judge others' consumption of seed-bearing plants? I suggest it may cheapen, by slandering, a gift God made to Adam in the Garden of Eden by instructing children to disregard a "promise" God gave to us. What I construe to be a "promise" was God's explicit authorization of our use of plants he personally designed and created. Are there consequences to imposing a contradicting restriction on utilizing a seed-bearing plant, when God clearly gave us the freedom to utilize it?

However, I recognize the above is mainly a definitional argument and twisting a few meanings could supply support for several competing arguments.

More importantly, I absolutely cannot resolve the paradox you have presented with this post. How can you rationalize waking up to a cup of coffee every morning, and then continuing on to lambast "drug" users. Are you aware that it only takes three grams of pure caffeine extract to kill an average-sized man. I would be glad to provide a reference for that statistic if you are interested.

A component of the paradox I see is that I am aware that you include "people who use marijuana" in your definition of "drug users." I prepare and self-administer marihuana extracts that ultimately equate to approximately 1.2 grams of pure THC per day. Would you feel comfortable consuming 1.2 grams of pure caffeine (~ 9-10 cups) in a day, knowing that consuming 3 grams is a threshold that, when met, will very likely end your life? Do you not recognize that you are a just as much or more of a "drug user" than many of the people you criticize? May I, respectfully, suggest it that by your definitions it may be delusional to believe you are not a
"drug addict", when you consume a more dangerous plant extract than I do?

Does the fact that you crave caffeine at the instant you awake not imply an addiction? I certainly don't crave marihuana every morning I wake up. I am a recreational and medical marihuana user. I do not see how your caffeine abuse is in anyway different than me consuming marihuana extract on a daily basis.

Do you, perhaps, believe you are using the caffeine extracted from seed-bearing plants as a "tool" to increase your productivity? Could I then apply the same type of arguments to my usage of a different seed-bearing plant's bounty? [continued]

Anonymous said...

MDue to what I perceive as discrimination by people who share your views on medical marihuana I prefer to remain anonymous at this point of what I hope becomes a discussion. - Former Student

I have said a lot, so specifically I am interested in your analysis of how your usage of caffeine, as described in your post, does not qualify as a drug addiction.

Clearly I disagree with you on this issue. However, I wouldn't have even had the opportunity to realize I disagreed if I hadn't been truly interested in your blog enough that I scanned many older posts. You are a great writer which I find entertaining and slightly envy. It is an asset to have someone who is concerned enough about provoking positive and healthy behaviors in teenagers through your clubs and blog articles. I just wish people would reevaluate what constitutes a harmful drug, or perhaps simply trust God's judgement in explicitly guaranteeing us ALL seed-bearing plants. It just doesn't seem ethical or pious to call into question the judgment of God by imposing a contradictory law restricting mans' use of a particular seed-bearing plant.

On that note, if 3 grams of caffeine could be called a harmful drug, and 120 milligrams of caffeine in a cup of joe is not a harmful drug, then why is the massive amount of THC required to produce a fatal overdose considered a harmful drug, but an average size joint of approximately 200 milligrams of THC is also considered a harmful drug. Applying the same rationale used to justify coffee's safety to marijuana's safety gives the inarguable conclusion that marijuana in moderation is acceptable if caffeine in moderation is acceptable. It must be nice to consume a powerful stimulant on a daily basis and not have carried around enough externally imposed guilt to have required anti-depressants at one point. Just joking... but seriously dude.

Even if you responded with one sentence I would greatly appreciate it because I respect you and your opinion, and am simply seeking a solution to a paradox I can't resolve on my own, due to not knowing your justifications behind your caffeine consumption.

Respectfully.

Josh Evans said...

Oh look, Anonymous is back, and evidently, more bitter than ever.

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