Feeling exploited?

Exploitation is one reason many Americans no longer bother to exercise their unalienable right to pursue happiness.


Instead of feeling blessed, millions of Americans feel cursed because of mounting debt, subsistence-type wages and existing in an expanding police-surveillance state.

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Therefore, instead of pursuing happiness, a vast number of disillusioned Americans have decided to pursue alcohol and drugs, which has led to an addiction epidemic.

For some, the addiction epidemic is good news because it is another opportunity for exploitation. Alcohol manufacturers, drug manufacturers (both legal and illicit) and addiction treatment centers earn tremendous profits feeding and treating substance abuse with no end in sight.

Repeatedly, millions of Americans consume mass quantities of drugs and alcohol to cope and find a little genuine happiness. However, drug and alcohol abuse usually leads to irresponsible behavior and trouble with the law.

One example is provided by author Dorothy Parker, who described her experience with alcohol. She wrote:

“I like to have a martini;

two at the very most.

After three I’m under the table;

after four I’m under my host.”

For this reason, Americans will not find happiness by smoking marijuana, snorting cocaine, injecting heroin into their veins, attending happy hour at a local bar or ingesting an opiate-based prescription drug.

In other words, happiness cannot be found by self-medicating, but by becoming aware, as described in a quote often attributed to author Henry David Thoreau: “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will evade you. But, if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.”

Indeed, happiness will sit on your shoulder, but exploitation will ride on your back.

Kevin Palmer


Dee STAFFORD 6 months ago
Is it because Americans are soft and coddled?  We have everything available to us as no people in history.  As a result, people feel like they should not have to struggle to have a life and that life should be a bed of roses with no thorns.

Participation trophies.  No disciplining of children because it will hurt their self esteem. No structure.  No values. No absolute rules.  Children treated like little adults rather than children. Safe areas in college.  Micro-aggression.  Trigger warnings.  Failure to listen to alternative view points. Group think.  White guilt. Anti-Americanism.  Anti-traditional values. Lack of religious participation and belief. Blaming others for one's problems.

No, it's not  the alcohol companies nor the drug companies who are forcing the people to be unhappy and addicted to drugs. It's those things listed above.

Too many people want everything handed to them because they think they are entitled merely because they grace us with their presence.

As John Wayne said, "Life is hard. And it's especially hard when you are stupid."

People are where they are because they made an appointment to be there through their life choices and nobody else's actions.  If one wants  to see the source of one's unhappiness....all they have to do is look in the mirror.  The solution is also there six inches away---the six inches between their ears.
chas cushman 6 months ago
As John Wayne said, "Life is hard. And it's especially hard when you are stupid."
Dee. I tell that to dumocrats all the time.
Jim Hall 6 months ago
I've had choices, since the day that I was born:  I've had voices that told me right from wrong; If I had listened, I wouldn't be here today; Living and dying with the choices I made;  George Jones
Val White 6 months ago

Dee beat me to it.  My sentiments are exactly the same.  Our government has created a segment of our population who are afraid of their shadow and must seek a safe place.  The government-run education system is the reason for the lack of teaching self reliance, self esteem and responsibility.. 

And thanks to the government, another segment of our population who are non-producers.  Of course, if your life has no purpose and no direction, other than to depend on others, and you have nothing to show for your existence, drinking and drugging help you forget your nothingness. 

Mr. P. you are correct that there is a serious problem, but overlook the more obvious reasons for this problem.  "Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will evade you" especially when the government removes every reason for you to chase it. 

There is another reason for the laxness in drug prosecution and the approval of marijuana use.  It ensure voters who have or will become addicted to their pacifiers.  They surely don't want to vote for anyone who may make them come clean and responsible for their own life.

Roland SASSER 6 months ago
I believe Mr. Stafford pretty much summed it up, nothing more from me!
Tracy Williams 6 months ago

A  very good analysis of what is happening to some people ---the inability to scope with themselves.
David Thoreau's  description sums up happiness very well:

"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will evade you. But, if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder".

Enjoy your articles also in the Metro Courier.
Keep writing--you are having an impact  in the community.


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