Lately I've developed a more ambivalent attitude towards various pop cultural phenomena, and see them partially from a "blood will out"-perspective. "Blood will out" is a concept in modern Paganism, where it is claimed that a people's beliefs and worldview not only exists in its culture and religion, but is also coded in their DNA, in their blood. This means that you can't deprive a people of their religion and their traditions, because beliefs and behaviours from earlier epochs will just keep re-appearing. Evola was also onto how a people can have spiritual "leftovers" in their bloodlines, which make them predisposed to certain behaviours.
The problem is of course that detached from a tradition and a spirituality that can explain these atavisms, they will often have a confused, sporadic and destructive character. The descendants of the Indo-Aryans will then pierce their genitals, eat magic mushrooms, refuse to work, stop showering and prance around in voodoo rituals, without really knowing why except for an instinctive feeling that modern society/capitalism/the Society of the Spectacle or whatever they choose to call it is deeply sick and unnatural.
This post will take a closer look at the use of drugs from a Traditional perspective. One can identify three main attitudes towards mind-altering substances (apart from the teetotaler-attitude):
1. The instrumental attitude
An instrumental attitude towards drugs is to see them as a means, tools, to certain ends; relieving pain, self-medication, reducing the need for sleep, sexual goals, or strictly recreational/social reasons. Guillaume Faye advocates the decriminalisation of drugs and would fall under this category.
2. The decadent attitude
To the decadent person, the drug is a goal in itself, and the central goal. These are often people with emotional damages and emotional needs, which they try to satisfy through drug abuse, gambling, unhealthy sexual activity and a plethora of other abuses. The whole thing is deeply tragic, as these people have lost their self-control, and their Selves are no longer in the centre. All Traditional schools have warned against and condemned this.
3. The psychonaut attitude
The psychonaut is in many ways an archeofuturistic phenomenon. We're talking about individuals who, with a typical Indo-Aryan determination and death-defiance, journey through their own consciousness with the help of various chemical substances, often with a certain insight in the spiritual/shamanistic links.
It is obvious that the majority of risks are linked to the psychonaut attitude, and for most people it will probably end in category #2. A differentiated personality (i.e. no Sudra-business) and a special personal equation (a special kind of mysticist personality) is required to choose to take these risks. I don't have such a personal equation myself, but still find it hard to outright condemn those who do, as it is a modern echo of ancient traditions.