Why is it that humans are so attracted to things that will kill them?
Nowadays there is an abundance of young adults who are engaging in a wide range of activities that will result in detrimental health effects or even death. I being a young adult myself only recently realised the extent to this behaviour among my peers and it worries me a great deal because I am part of the minority. What worries me is not that I too may engage in such things, but raising kids in the future surrounded by other kids their age making decisions harmful to their life.
There is an overwhelming amount of students doing drugs these days. I always thought that being educated in these topics, especially from a young age about how harmful different drugs are will allow children to develop a sense of fear towards the unknown effects but this is not the case. The ambiguity is captivating to students, they want to know what it feels like and most after they have tried it once will go back to do it again because they felt good while ‘high’.
Drugs are attractive because they are meant to make you feel happy, it makes you live in a bubble of artificial happiness, one that doesn’t exist. Over time it will make day to day life depressing for a person because compared to when high, they are not as happy in a normal state of existence. It is hard to say whether the amount of kids doing drugs these days is because they are looking for happiness in life or they are just curious of the effects of drugs. Either could be true as most of those with mental health issues do resort to drugs and alcohol to make them feel better and more and more children these days are being diagnosed with depression and other mental health problems. Additionally, drugs and alcohol are also more available these days due to the connectedness of the world.
Most adults think that educating kids on drugs at a young age will help them to stay away. I personally don’t think drug education is targeted at the right age. Kids are too young to care at that age and to them its just another boring assembly where they teach you about something supposedly important. Most of these kids are still finding themselves, they grow up to be different teenagers, some like you would have never imagined them to be as children. Drug education needs to be targeted at ages a little older. Furthermore, I don’t necessarily think educating children of drugs is going to result in keeping them away from it. I think the root of the problem comes from why they resort to it and their state of vulnerability. We need to be teaching children to be stronger individuals who have a say, who don’t succumb to peer pressure, who know how to make smarter decisions and think about long term fixes to their problems not short term ones. We need to find out why more and more children these days are unhappy and steer them in the right direction to be happy with themselves and the life that they lead.
This is a complex problem with many reasons and possibilities to why things are the way they are right now however I do not believe enough is being done to make the younger generations understand the consequences of these things, a single action could become a bad habit that lasts a lifetime, one that may eventually kill them.