Friday, May 10, 2013

"If I Buy the 32-Piece Set, the Mini Sailboat Is Included?"

I have a new thing I want: a Fitbit Flex. (Although right now my phone's not on the list of compatible devices. What the crap? I have a Galaxy S2, not a land line.) This and a supply of that Limitless drug*. That would be sweet.

* = No one responded to my earlier request to analyze the Word of Wisdom implications of nootropics. I'm serious here, people. I want to know if I can take this crap.

NB: Title obviously a quote from Lance, the guy who can't tear Uncle Rico's fiber-woven bowl, in Napoleon Dynamite.

1 comment:

benniegirl said...

My brother has struggled with outright violations of the word of wisdom for quite some time. Once he got past drinking & really committed to following the word of wisdom, he was the scoutmaster and then for a few years, he was the YM president & a rock in his ward. While YM president, he had a certain encounter in a single day that ultimately resulted in him being disfellowshipped (not for a word of wisdom issue). This was several months ago but since that day, he immediately stopped following the word of wisdom & has sought to prove why we shouldn’t have to follow it. This has resulted in him saying this week he doesn’t believe in the church at all anymore. I feel that trying to explore the gray in the word of wisdom can lead to trouble even if my brother’s experience is not the norm.
On a more doctrinal note, this is my interpretation. In D&C 89:4 it says "Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils & designs which do & will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, & forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation." Not to say the drug doesn't have benefits, enticing and tempting benefits, but pharmaceutical companies seem to fall into the category of conspiring men so I would feel a little warned/cautious right away. Even though the word of wisdom as scripture was not a commandment, succeeding presidents of the church declared it to be a commandment. In President Boyd K. Packer's April 1996 talk about the word of wisdom, “The Principle & Promises”, he tells us we should avoid anything habit-forming, addictive, or injurious to the body or spirit. Being able to think in the ways this drug allows could become habit-forming and also injurious to the body & spirit. It disrupts our natural sleep patterns, changes the way our mind & emotions work, & from what I’ve read, it changes how we react to all around us which would interfere with our natural methods for feeling the spirit and using our conscience. Packer also warns us to avoid being extreme, fanatical, or a faddist. He states that everything harmful is not listed in the word of wisdom, such as arsenic, & that’s not habit-forming but it’s clearly unwise to use. D&C 88:124 says "cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated." This drug clearly effects the sleep cycle and disturbs natural circadian rhythms. With anything that I question, I use two scriptures as my guide: 1 Corinthians 14:33-“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” If the drug was inspired by Heavenly Father, you wouldn't feel confused about using it. Galatians 5:22-23ish “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance…”
Are these the feelings you have about taking the medication and/or while on the medication? I’ve read about people having experiences contrary to these feelings, such as being highly irritable and impatient. I’m sure it works somewhat differently on each person. There is nothing in LDS doctrine that clearly states this is forbidden. Based on information I can find, I’d never suggest it or try it myself but that ultimate decision is left to each person individually. If somebody I knew DID try it, I’d be interested to learn more about their experience but I know that it’s not for me.