I took LSD a few times when I was 19-20. It’s euphoric for sure, which is why it is so dangerous. Reality seems intensified and you can wax philosophical for hours, or in my case, 20 journal pages.
There is no doubt why drugs are popular. A greater challenge, though, is to make our “real” reality more enjoyable so we don’t feel the need to compensate with substances that can harm ourselves and others.
I recently read a book by the creator of LSD, who called it his ‘problem child’. He worked for a pharmaceutical company and it was one of many drugs he developed that were/are sold commercially. The discovery of the psychoactive properties of LSD was an accident and further researched by self-experimentation and then more standard procedures. For a time, it was legally marketed and used as a drug to aid in psychological research and therapy. It was apparently somewhat successful in this role, but problems arose when it was copied and distributed underground as a pleasure drug. Bad press forced the company to withdraw the product and disassociate themselves with it.
Well, in Utah I’d expect that people would understand what I meant by ‘LDS.’ Here in Georgia, they do not; but they do know what ‘Mormon’ is. No offshoot branches here to muddle the issue to my knowledge. Basically I have a choice: 1) I can explain that LDS is different than LSD and explain that people call us Mormon (they will then wonder why I didn’t say ‘Mormon’ in the first place and be suspicious) or 2) I can say I’m Mormon.
Well, I was wrong. There is a offshoot here in Georgia. Their building is about five miles from my house which makes it, oddly enough, closer to me than my ward building. Funny. I don’t think they call themselves Mormon anymore though.
Dave has talked about the problems within the FLDS church recently.
Interestingly, Jan, there are LOTS. I ran across a page years ago (from ’96, actually) that David Bowie (not that David Bowie) put together which has a list of several offshoots. I’m sure some of these of disbanded and more have probably crept up since then.
This American Life radio program has an archived story that was haunting for me to hear. They played parts of one of their testimony meetings and people were just as sincere as anyone in our church.
I recently heard on the radio that wives and children of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have left because their prophet had excommunicated some men and given their wives and children to others. They made a point to say that it wasn’t the LDS church, but I’m confident there were listeners who thought it was. This article talks more about the recent events in the FLDS church.